清晨時刻，攻擊者突擊剛果公園管理處「剛果自然保育中心」（the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature）兩個巡邏崗哨。這些巡守員駐紮在公園邊緣的特西亞貝勒母山（Mount Tshiaberimu），以保護僅剩的21隻大猩猩，這些大猩猩屬於東低地大猩猩體型較小的亞種。
One wildlife ranger was killed and four were left wounded Sunday by rebel soldiers who shot up patrol posts at Mount Tshiaberimu, a remote part of Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. The rangers were protecting a tiny population of endangered gorillas.
In the early morning hours, the attackers hit two patrol posts of the DRC Parks Authority, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature. The patrol posts at Mount Tshiaberimu protect a population of just 21 gorillas that may be a smaller sub-species of the Eastern lowland gorilla.
The attackers are alleged to be involved in the slaughter of thousands of hippos for illegal bushmeat, says the Gorilla Organization. The gunmen have threatened to kill gorillas if the rangers retaliate for the shootings.
Hostages who were taken by the rebel soldiers were later released unharmed and the four wounded men are reported to be out of danger.
But another death was indirectly caused by the shooting when the wife of one of the Gorilla Organization's rangers, died during premature labor brought on by the stress in the incident.
Director of Conservation for Virunga National Park Norbert Mushenzi says he has seen more than 100 rangers killed in the line of duty during a decade of civil wars and humanitarian crises in DRC.
Formerly known as The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Europe, the Gorilla Organization was inspired to raise funds for the endangered mountain gorillas by the pioneering American zoologist whose life and death were dramatized in the film "Gorillas in the Mist."
Today the organization works to ensure the survival of lowland gorillas as well as mountain gorillas. Their projects include gorilla protection, agricultural development; the Durban Process long-term solution to illegal mining, conservation and education, forest people and combating loss of habitat.