USA tourist and safari guide freed after kidnap in Uganda

Geraldine Edwards
April 8, 2019

Two other tourists who were on the drive but were not abducted contacted a camp manager, "who rescued them and they are very safe", police said.

Ugandan police announced on Sunday that they have rescued an American woman and her driver after the two were kidnapped last week while on safari.

Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, was abducted by gunmen in Queen Elizabeth National Park, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo, on April 4.

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

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

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.

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"God bless them and their families", Trump said on Twitter. Citing the safari company with which they were traveling, The New York Timesreported on Sunday that a ransom had in fact been paid.

Kidnappings in Uganda's protected areas are rare.

"Even a small payment to a group in, say, Africa can facilitate the killing or seizure of tens or even hundreds of others, including Americans or foreign nationals in that region", Pompeo said. Virunga suspended all tourism activities a year ago after a ranger was killed and two British tourists kidnapped.

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Joint Security teams comprising of the Tourism Police, the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) and Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers were dispatched to pursue the gunmen rescue the victims.

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