Two Britons freed in the Democratic Republic of Congo after being kidnapped during a visit to a national park have said they are “very relieved” that their ordeal is over.
The pair – named as Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty – were rescued on Sunday after being snatched in Virunga National Park on Friday.
In a statement issued on their behalf, they said: “We are very relieved that there has been a positive outcome to the kidnapping and are very grateful for the excellent support we have received. We do not plan to comment further.”
A female park ranger, 25-year-old Rachel Makisa Baraka, who was travelling with the pair was killed and their driver injured during the abduction.
Last year, a fifth of the park’s southern sector was deforested owing to illegal charcoal production, the park said.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that it provided consular support to both Britons and their families throughout their ordeal