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6 rangers killed in terror attack on Virunga National Park

Rangers were taken by surprise and had no opportunity to defend themselves

6 rangers killed in terror attack on Virunga National Park

The Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced  the tragic death of 6 Park rangers which occurred at approximately 7:30 am in the morning hours of Sunday, January, 10, 2021, following an attack perpetrated by an armed group suspected to be Mai Mai militia.

The attack took place near Kabuendo, which is located near the border of the Park, in the Central sector, between Nyamilima and Niamitwitwi. Preliminary investigations indicate that the Rangers were taken by surprise and had no opportunity to defend themselves, and that those responsible for the attack are local Mai-Mai groups.

One of the guards, RUGANYA NYONZIMA Faustin survived with serious injuries and was evacuated to Goma where he is now out of danger.

Located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the 7,800-square-kilometre (3,000 sq mi)  Virunga  National Park (Parc National des Virunga) is a  UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s most biodiverse treasures and Africa’s oldest National Park. It’s home to more mammal, bird and reptile species than any other protected areas on the planet – including three extraordinary taxa of Great Apes.  

 It stretches  from the Virunga Mountains in the South, to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

Sadly 200 rangers have been killed in the line of duty since 1925 with the last incident in April 2020 when twelve rangers and five civilians, were killed in an ambush near the park. The latest incident underscores the sacrifice that the rangers go through to protect the endangered mountain gorillas from the danger of civil war and rogue  militia. 

The park is managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and its partner the Virunga Foundation.

Below  are the names of these 6 deceased rangers and their biographies:

BURHANI ABDOU SURUMWE

 Date of birth: 05/27/1990 (30 years old)


 Originally from: Nyiragongo Territory / North Kivu

 Relationship: single

 Commitment year: 01/10/2016

 Number: 05278

 Rank: Guard 1st class

 Function: Head of section

 KAMATE MUNDUNAENDA Alexis

 Date of birth: 25/09/1995 (25 years old)

 Originally from: Lubero Territory / North Kivu

 Relationship: single

 Commitment year: 01/10/2016

 Number: 05299

 Rank: Guard 1st class

 Function: Deputy section

 MANENO KATAGHALIRWA Reagan

 Date of birth: 05/03/1993 (27 years old)

 Originally from: Territory of Beni / North Kivu

 Relationship: single

 Commitment year: 01/12/2017

 Number: NU

 Grade: NU

 Function: Patroller

 KIBANJA BASHEKERE Eric

 Date of birth: 12/12/1992 (28 years old)

 Originally from: Rutshuru Territory / North Kivu

 Marital status: Married, 2 children

 Commitment year: 01/12/2017

 Number: NU

 Grade: NU

 Function: Patroller

 PALUKU BUDOYI Innocent

 Date of birth: 12/11/1992 (28 years old)

 Originally from: Nyiragongo Territory / North Kivu

 Relationship: single

 Commitment year: 01/12/2017

 Number: NU

 Grade: NU

 Function: Patroller

 NZABONIMPA NTAMAKIRIRO Prince

 Date of birth: 12/25/1993 (27 years old)

 Originally from: Rutshuru Territory / North Kivu

 Marital status: Married, 1 child

 Commitment year: 01/09/2017

 Number: NU

 Grade: NU

 Function: Patroller

RIP

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