Rangers killed in Congo res­cue ef­fort

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KINSHASA: Five park rangers were killed in a joint op­er­a­tion with the army to res­cue an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife re­serve in the east­ern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo, a lo­cal of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

Gun­men at­tacked the group late on Fri­day in the Okapi Wildlife Re­serve in Mam­basa ter­ri­tory. Some in the group es­caped.

Mam­basa ad­min­is­tra­tor Al­fred Bong­walanga said se­cu­rity forces and park rangers had launched a res­cue op­er­a­tion that lo­cated the missing mem­bers of the group.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the rangers were killed.

“There are five dead. They are all park rangers who were in­volved in the op­er­a­tion. They had been back­ing the army,” he said. – Reuters

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