6 DRC rangers safe; US journalist, 3 others still missing

2017-07-16 09:00
iStock

iStock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kinshasa - Six Congolese rangers were found Saturday in a large forest reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo's northeast a day after a security station was attacked by militia, but an American journalist and at least three other security guards remain missing, a local official said on Saturday.

Mambasa territory administrator Alfred Bongwalanga Efoloko confirmed that the six had been found. At least 10 people had gone missing after an attack Friday by the Mai Mai militia outside the town of Mambasa in DRC's Okapi Wildlife Reserve, he said.

No details about the missing journalist was immediately available and authorities had no proof the attack was an abduction, he said. Army reinforcements have been deployed since Friday night to search for those missing, he said.

"I am optimistic they will all be found," Efoloko told The Associated Press by telephone. "The forest is very big. Maybe they fled in another direction. According to testimony of their colleagues, the attack came as the team wanted to go have a meal" and there was a lot of crossfire.

Two British journalists and five other park rangers, part of the same team, escaped after the attack, making their way to another Okapi reserve base, he said.

The park rangers are part of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation.

The Centre for Studies of Peace and Defence of Human Rights said earlier Saturday that a journalist had disappeared with 11 park security guards. It also identified Friday's attackers as the Mai-Mai SIMBA, saying they attacked in Bapela, 40km south of Mambasa. The group's executive director, Omar Kavota, expressed concern for those missing.

A Congolese civilian was also kidnapped Friday near Mambasa by armed men, he said in a statement.

Kidnappings for ransom are common in eastern Congo.

A separate attack Saturday by the Mai-Mai in the country's North Kivu province killed two soldiers.

Read more on:    congo  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/World
 

French Bulldog helps kids with facial differences

Lentil Bean is a french bulldog who was born with a severe cleft nose, lip and palate.

 
 

Paws

Weird things dogs do
Makeover saves dog’s life
For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.