Kinshasa – Officials say militants have killed at least 10 people and kidnapped a foreigner in a park in volatile north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Local administrator Faustin Drakana Kananga said on Monday that foreign park workers at a reserve in the Epulu area may have been among the 10 victims of the attack by members of a feared militia.
Guy Mbayma, executive director of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation, says the attackers also kidnapped two people including an American working for a wildlife group. He did not give the full name of the American hostage. He also says the attackers also raped women.
The giant Central African nation was mired in civil war from 1996-2002, and the east remains awash in weapons and rebel groups who terrorise civilians. Activists say thousands of women have been raped there.