Two British tourists kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo

A group of park rangers pause in front of a field post in Virunga National Park

The park released a statement saying Ms Baraka was trying to protect two passengers and the driver of the vehicle when it was attacked by armed assailants.

He mentioned that "my ideas are actually with the household of Virunga Park ranger Rachel Makissa Baraka who was killed in the course of the kidnapping, and with the injured driver".

The UK's top diplomat Boris Johnson declined to offer any further details, but paid tribute to the Congolese authorities "for their tireless help during this awful case".

Britain's Foreign Office said on Friday it was in contact with the Congolese authorities following an incident involving two British nationals and its staff were providing support to their families.

The two British nationals, whose identities have yet to be made been made pubic, were abducted on Friday at the Virunga National Park, a popular gorilla sanctuary.

A female ranger travelling with them was killed and their driver was also taken captive, a park spokesman said.

"The opportunities for gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park in North Kivu are limited, and armed groups are sometimes active within the park", the advice says.

He said: "We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to her family, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident".

Eight eco-guards at Virunga Park have died in the line of duty since the beginning of the year, the park management said.

One of the most important conservation sites in the world, Virunga Park covers 7,800 square kilometres (3,000 miles) along a swathe of eastern DR Congo abutting the border with Uganda and Rwanda.

The attack brought the number of rangers murdered in the park up to 175 in 20 years.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Goma and has urged Britons not to go beyond the city.

It said that United Kingdom government staff were not always in the area and the British embassy's ability to offer consular assistance could be "severely limited".

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