Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Gunmen Demand $500000 Ransom On Kidnapped American

Gunmen Demand $500000 Ransom On Kidnapped American

Ugandan police have identified the American as 35-year-old Kimberly Sue Endecott and her driver as Jean Paul.

Two armed men held four tourists at gunpoint before two were rescued and alerted police.

"They had had a conversation with the woman and her driver who were kidnapped just hours before the incident happened", Anne Middleton said of her coworkers.

Ugandan authorities on Wednesday launched an extensive rescue operation for an American woman and her driver who were kidnapped at Uganda's most popular wildlife park. "That's how the geographical perception of this continent is", he said.

Four other tourists, who were present when the gunmen attacked but were not abducted or physically harmed, managed to raise the alarm from the lodge where they were staying.

Ugandan security forces scoured dense bush on Thursday in the hunt for a USA tourist and her safari guide who were kidnapped by gunmen in a national park.

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"We want to inform the public and all visitors in the country that the joint security teams have cut off all exit areas on the border between Uganda and the DRC in search for the victims", Namaye said.

A U.S. State Department official told The Washington Post on Thursday that Washington is "aware of reports that an American citizen was kidnapped in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park" and that Ugandan "security forces are responding to the area".

Armed anti-poaching forces, along with Ugandan law enforcement and military, are the only armed personnel permitted to patrol the area, and multiple sources told CBS News that tourists are unlikely to ever see such forces on a tour. The park is near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjacent to Virunga National Park, where two British tourists were held hostage by Congolese rebels in May 2018. Uganda is home to over half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas.

Ofwono Opondo, Uganda government spokesperson confirmed that four gunmen attacked and abducted the pair near Katoke Gate at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Uganda earns about $1.3 billion per year from tourism.

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