A warden at the Virunga National Park, plays with an orphaned mountain gorilla in the gorilla sanctuary in the park headquarters at Rumangabo in the east of the Congo. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE
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Two park rangers and five militiamen were killed in clashes in Africa's oldest wildlife reserve, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park famed for its mountain gorillas, the army said Monday.A total of 150 rangers have now been killed in the past decade in Virunga, the park's director Emmanuel de Merode was quoted as saying in the statement.The two eastern Kivu provinces, North and South, have been chronically unstable since two wars wracked the vast country between 1996 and 2003, drawing in armies from neighboring and southern African countries, who fought in part over access to vast mineral wealth.
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