Park Rangers and Civilians Killed in Attack in East DR Congo

The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda Fighter Have Been Blamed for the Attack

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Several people including forest rangers were killed in an attack on a national park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The director of the Congo Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN), Cosma Wilungula, said a major assault by armed groups on Virunga National Park in Rumangabo village “resulted in substantial loss of life” including rangers and civilians.

A security source said thirteen rangers and five civilians were killed in the attack. Many other people were wounded in the attack.

“The guards were not the target and died while assisting the civilian vehicle that had been caught under fire from the attackers,” park officials said in a statement.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the authorities said some 60 fighters from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) ambushed a convoy of civilians that was being protected by the rangers.