Wednesday 19 September 2018

Six staff killed by suspected militia in Congo park and gorilla sanctuary

The Virunga National Park contains a quarter of the world’s mountain gorillas which are targeted by poachers.

Handout photo issued by the World Conservation Society of the Congo (Liana Joseph/PA)
Handout photo issued by the World Conservation Society of the Congo (Liana Joseph/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Five park rangers and a driver have been killed in an attack in DR Congo’s Virunga National Park.

The park, which is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas, confirmed the ambush in a statement.

It said a sixth ranger was wounded.

While there was no immediately claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately fell on militia groups that are active in and around the famed wildlife park.

Virunga, a Unesco World Heritage site, is home to about one fourth of the remaining mountain gorillas in the wild.

The gorillas are poaching targets and their habitat is being destroyed by deforestation in part to supply charcoal.

Human rights groups say armed groups are controlling the industry to support a rebellion.

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