American tourist and driver abducted in Uganda rescued

American tourist and driver abducted in Uganda rescued

Ugandan security forces launched a search for Kim Endicott and the local driver after they were abducted in a wildlife park on Tuesday.

An American tourist and her guide abducted in Uganda last week were released after a "negotiated settlement" was reached with the kidnappers, the firm that organised her safari said on Monday. A spokesperson for the company said the identities of the alleged kidnappers have not been revealed.

However, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga told journalists on Monday morning that the captors released the victims Kimberly Sue Endicott and Jean Paul Mirenge, for fear of the use of force by the Ugandan security forces that were pursuing them.

Uganda recorded a surge in kidnapping cases a year ago, prompting street protests by activists who said security agencies weren't doing enough to protect residents.

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.

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.

Police said the incident occurred between 6pm and 7pm, along the Edward track, a section located between Katoke gate and wilderness camp.

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Uganda's Minister for Tourism Ephraim Kamuntu said, in a televised address Sunday, that authorities had been "under pressure" over the abduction.

It will be remembered that the kidnappers using the Kimberly's phone had demanded for a ransom of Dollars 500,000 (about Shs 1.8 billion).

Both were in the Congo and picked up at the border.

"Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide before people will feel safe in going there", the president tweeted.

The pair "were on an evening game drive" in Queen Elizabeth National Park, according to a statement by police in Uganda. Uganda is home to over half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas.

In 1999, Rwandan rebels killed eight foreign tourists and four Ugandans there, inflicting an enormous blow to Uganda's tourist industry.