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Botched kidnap attempt? Envoy’s death in DRC may not be what it seemed

In a country heavily reliant on humanitarian support, the steady rise in kidnappings of aid workers is concerning

Hereward Holland and Djaffar Al Katanty

At around 10am on February 22, seven men, some armed, stepped onto a road in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and forced two cars belonging to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to stop.

Several minutes of heavy gunfire alerted a group of conservation rangers guarding workers on the scrubby slope above.

The attackers left the road with their captives and walked up the open hillside straight towards the rangers, well known as the country’s best-trained fighters...

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