Virunga National Park: Six DR Congo rangers killed

LULIMBA- The park said six rangers were killed on Monday in an ambush in the Virunga National Park, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s a well know haven for gorillas and other endangered species.

Park spokesperson Joel Malembe told AFP, “We have sadly lost six rangers,” he added that the team was ambushed while driving between the sectors of Lulimba and Ishasha, near the border with Uganda.

The seventh ranger, the team’s leader, was wounded, he said.

Virunga has Africa’s most diverse wildlife habitat and is home to the endangered mountain gorillas, the wildlife also includes eastern lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, okapis, lions, elephants and hippos.

Some armed groups in the eastern DRC are also based in the park, where they are know to poach animals in the park.

Since 1996 more than 130 park rangers have been killed, the area has been hit by conflict between the government and armed forces.

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