American tourist and driver abducted in Uganda rescued

Kimbley Sue Endecott together with a UPDF commando moments after she was rescued

Kimbley Sue Endecott together with a UPDF commando moments after she was rescued

The American tourist who was kidnapped for ransom along with her tour guide in a Ugandan national park last week has been rescued in "good health", authorities said Sunday.

Kimberly Sue Endicott was travelling in a vehicle on Tuesday on an evening game drive with Remezo and two other tourists in the national park when four men held them at gunpoint.

Ugandan police had said Thursday that an armed gang kidnapped Endicott and her driver at gunpoint from the national park and had made frequent demands for a $500,000 ransom.

Search teams from the military, the Ugandan wildlife authority and a special police tourist protection force worked together to rescue Ms Endicott and Mr Mirenge.

Four men had held them up at gunpoint and then "grabbed two out of four. before disappearing with them", police said.

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Martin Julius and his wife Barbel were said to be on a Wild Frontiers Safari tour and alerted a manager when they were abandoned in the ambush.

The Ugandan government and USA media outlets have identified the woman as Kimberly Sue Endicott.

A reliable source has confirmed to SoftPower News that Kimbley Sue Endecott, 38, an American female tourist and Jean Paul, the Ugandan who was driving a group of tourists at the time of the abduction, have been found. Four other tourists were left "abandoned and unharmed", according to the Uganda Media Centre, the government's communications center.

"Both were rescued from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are safely back in Kanungu district in Uganda", said Ofwono Opondo. Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to the parks each year. "Isolated criminal incidents like this particular one, can happen any where in the world".

Kidnappings in Uganda's protected areas are rare. It borders the famous Virunga national park, the oldest in Africa.

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