Gunmen kill ranger in famous Virunga park in DR Congo

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Gunmen kill ranger in famous Virunga park in DR Congo

A ranger in the famous Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was killed in an attack on a patrol post by an armed group.

In a statement, the park offered its condolences to the family of Bagurubumwe Chuhoze Deogene, 47, following his assassination on Saturday by gunmen suspected of belonging to the FDLR-RUD rebel group.

The armed men also looted the neighboring villages, adds the press release.

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Virunga National Park is the oldest Reserve natural from Africa. It is popular with tourists who visit its mountain gorillas.

The biologically diverse park is a Unesco World Heritage Site in the troubled east of DR Congo.

At least 12 rangers were killed in the park in April by suspected rebels operating in the area.

In 2018, park ranger Rachel Masika Baraka was killed in the brief kidnapping of two British tourists and their driver.

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