Uganda police says arrests made in kidnapping of American tourist

U.S. tourist guide kidnapped in Uganda freed after'settlement: tour firmMore

U.S. tourist guide kidnapped in Uganda freed after'settlement: tour firmMore

Ugandan police said on Sunday they had rescued Endicott, an American tourist, and her guide, Mirenge, who had been kidnapped by gunmen in a national park.

An unknown number of people were apprehended in the Kanungu district, which neighbors the national park, as "raids and extensive searches" continue for more involved.

Endicott and a Ugandan tour guide Jean Paul Mirenge Remezo were kidnapped by four gunmen, who hijacked their safari vehicle from Queen Elizabeth National Park on April 2. "You are all aware that we had an intelligence-led operation which in the early stages was calculated and tactical, but now is progressing unhindered because the victims were recovered successfully", he adds.

The acknowledgement of negotiations with the captors follows reports in several local media outlets, including state-owned daily New Vision, that a ransom was paid before the two were freed.

Ugandan police have made arrests in connection with the kidnapping of American tourist Kim Endicott and her field guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge Ramezo, just two days after the duo were freed following five days in captivity.

After a days-long search operation by Ugandan police, armed forces and wildlife authorities, Endicott and Remezo were "rescued" unharmed from the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo and brought back to Uganda on Sunday evening.

Ugandan police said they are working in close coordination with their Congolese counterparts.

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Gunmen abducted an American tourist and her driver inside Queen Elizabeth National Park.

US President Donald Trump on Monday tasked Uganda government to arrest the kidnappers before people can feel safe to come to Uganda. Still, the ransom payment continues to be disputed by officials on the record. "We also are working with the investigating authorities to ascertain precisely what happened and how this can be prevented in the future".

Enanga has Tuesday told reporters that "some" arrests have been made by a joint security effort, in relation to the abduction.

"It should come out clear that no ransom was paid on the side of government and police".

It remains unclear who was responsible for the abduction, which took place in an area once roamed by fighters belonging to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an anti-Kampala rebel group that is now mostly dormant.

Ms Sue was handed over to the US Embassy in Kampala by Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola on Monday.

Reports indicate that the USA military also provided support to Ugandan security forces to accomplish the mission. "Privacy considerations prevent us from commenting further at this time".

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