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World Gunmen attack Congo wildlife reserve, U.S. journalist, 3 guards missing

23:45  15 july  2017
23:45  15 july  2017 Source:   reuters.com

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KINSHASA (Reuters) - Armed men attacked a group of journalists and park rangers in a remote east Congo wildlife reserve overnight into Saturday, and an American journalist and three guards were missing , a local official said.

Home Africa Live Gunmen attack Congo wildlife reserve , U . S . journalist , three guards missing . They were near the town of Mambasa in Okapi Wildlife Reserve , Mambasa territory administrator Alfred Bongwalanga told Reuters by telephone.

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The group attacked comprised the American and two Dutch journalists and 13 Congolese park rangers. They were near the town of Mambasa in Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Mambasa territory administrator Alfred Bongwalanga told Reuters by telephone.

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Home Africa Live Gunmen attack Congo wildlife reserve , U . S . journalist , three guards missing . They were near the town of Mambasa in Okapi Wildlife Reserve , Mambasa territory administrator Alfred Bongwalanga told Reuters by telephone.

By Benoit Nyemba KINSHASA (Reuters) - Armed men attacked a group of journalists and park rangers in a remote east Congo wildlife reserve overnight into Saturday, and an American journalist and three guards were missing , a local official said.

The two Dutch journalists and all but three of the rangers had been found and were safe. Bongwalanga did not know which of the several armed groups roaming eastern Congo was responsible.

Kidnapping of locals and Westerners for ransom has been on the rise in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a tinderbox of rebel groups and militias left over from a 1998-2003 war.

But Bongwalanga said there was no evidence the journalist or guards had been kidnapped.

"I can't confirm any hypothesis that this was a kidnapping ... That does sometimes happen in Ituri (province where the reserve lies) but it has been more than a year since the last one," he told Reuters by telephone.

"The army has deployed. Search and rescue efforts are underway but this is a dense forest," he added. "We remain optimistic that we will find them."

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KINSHASA – Armed men attacked a group of journalists and park rangers in a remote east Congo wildlife reserve overnight into Saturday, and an American journalist and three guards were missing , a local official said.

By Benoit Nyemba KINSHASA (Reuters) - Armed men attacked a group of journalists and park rangers in a remote east Congo wildlife reserve overnight into Saturday, and an American journalist and three guards were missing , a local official said.

In May armed bandits killed a Congolese park ranger and briefly kidnapped two conservation workers, including a Frenchman, during an ambush on South Kivu's Itombwe Reserve.

Park rangers in east Congo trying to protect dwindling populations of elephants and gorillas often clash with poachers and other armed criminals who exploit the area's minerals, wildlife and other resources. (Additional reporting by Tim Cocks in Dakar and Amedee Mwarabu in Kinshasa; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Richard Balmforth)

Kidnapped US journalist in DR Congo found safe and sound .
A US journalist kidnapped by a militia group in Democratic Republic of Congo was found safe and sound early Sunday, a senior official said, as another source said five people had been killed in clashes. "The American journalist Lisa Dupuy was found safe and sound at around 3 am on Sunday" by government troops, Pacifique Keta, vice governor of Ituri province, told AFP.The troops were deployed after Dupuy and 11 wardens working for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve (RFO) -- a vast conservation park in northeastern DR Congo -- were abducted on Friday by the Mai-Mai Simba militia group.

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