Ugandan Police Free US Tourist, Guide From 5-Day Captivity


A U.S. woman and her driver, kidnapped last week at gunpoint by a group of men in a Uganda national park, have been rescued from their captors.

Kim Endicott and her local driver were abducted last Tuesday in a wild park.

Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said in a tweet that driver Jean Paul had also been rescued.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Ugandan Police said then that kidnappers used one of their phones to demand a ransom of $500,000 (£383,435).

The two were abducted at gunpoint while on a game drive on Tuesday evening, the Ugandan Tourism Board and Ugandan police said in a statement.

Queen Elizabeth National Park runs along part of the country's border with DR Congo.

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Kidnappings in Uganda's protected areas are rare.

The snaps show Endicott and Jean-Paul Mirgene Remezo shaking hands with Paul Goldring, the director of Wild Frontiers, the tourist group that paid a ransom to get the pair released, according to CBS News.

"Ransom paid and people exchanged", he told AFP by text.

The other two tourists - reportedly an elderly couple - were rescued soon afterwards. Virunga suspended all tourism activities previous year after a ranger was killed and two British tourists kidnapped.

Virunga reopened in mid-February eight months after a deadly ambush forced its closure.

The portal added that UWA spokesperson, Bashir Hangi, had confirmed that the victims had been found promising to provide further details later.

The tourists were travelling in a vehicle Reg no. UAR 777E belonging to World Frontiers Safaris Uganda, which was left parked as the kidnappers went away with its key. It borders the famous Virunga national park, the oldest in Africa.

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