One eco-guard was killed and three others injured during an attack by Mai-Mai rebels on the Upemba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) said.
According to a statement by ICCN on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the attack took place on November 30.
The deceased, a 40-year-old eco-guard, has been working at ICCN since 2012, the statement revealed.
“Coming from a family of eco-guards, he was appreciated by his colleagues for his calm and support during difficult situations,” the statement said.
The Mai-Mai Bakata Katanga rebel group has been active in the protected Upemba National Park situated to the southeast of the country in the province of Haut-Katanga.
Several Congolese parks classified as UNESCO patrimony are facing insecurity due to activities of the armed groups. This is also the case with the Virunga National Park which hosts several local and foreign militia groups.
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