Robbers shot a group of Italian charity workers Sunday in a Zairian wildlife preserve, killing four adults and two children and wounding another adult, their charity group announced.
The adults had been helping to build water supply and electric power facilities for Rwandan refugees, said Domenico Colombo, a spokesman for the group A Just World, based in Lecco, Italy.
The Italians were on an outing in Virunga Park, Colombo told RAI state television. The park, famous as the home of endangered mountain gorillas, runs along Zaire’s border with Rwanda and Uganda.
“They were blocked by an armed band. First they robbed them. Then they fired off a lot of shots,” he said.