A kidnap symbol Photo: informationng

Two British tourists kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released according to local report on Sunday.

Their vehicle was attacked on Friday in the Virunga National Park in North Kivu province.

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However, their park guard was killed and their driver was also kidnapped.

The Britons were released unharmed, while the driver was injured, the British government said.

“I am delighted to announce that two British nationals who were held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released,” UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.

“I pay tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation for their tireless help during this terrible case.

“My thoughts are now with the family of Virunga Park ranger Rachel Makissa Baraka, who was killed during the kidnapping, and with the injured driver and the released British nationals as they recover from this traumatic incident.”