A deadly ambush, claiming the lives of civilians and 13 park rangers, has taken place at a gorilla park in in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga national park, which is internationally recognized for its wildlife and habitats.
The attack happened on Friday as park rangers were escorting a convoy of civilians – the death toll is believed to have claimed at least 17 lives. An estimated 60 militiamen, believed to be part of a Rwandan rebel group, took part in the deadly ambush.
A statement from the Virunga National Park, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, explains:
“Initial investigations indicate that the rangers were on their way back to their headquarters when they encountered a civilian vehicle that had been attacked and subsequently came under a ferociously violent and sustained ambush.”
Park officials have stated that the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, an armed rebel group, is responsible for the killings, writing:
We can confirm that the perpetrators of this attack were the armed group ‘FDLR-FOCA’
Park officials have stated that two more people sustained injuries and are being treated.
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