KAMPALA — An American vacationer and her driver have been rescued unhurt after being kidnapped in a nationwide park in southwestern Uganda final week, the Ugandan authorities stated on Sunday.
Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, was kidnapped by gunmen in Queen Elizabeth Nationwide Park, close to the border with Democratic Republic of Congo, on April four. The abductors later demanded a ransom of $500,000 for her launch.
“She has been positioned and rescued unhurt,” Uganda army spokesman Brigadier Richard Karemire instructed Reuters, referring to the vacationer.
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A Canadian couple was current throughout the kidnapping however have been unhurt, World Affairs Canada confirmed this week.
Ugandan authorities spokesman Ofwono Opondo stated in a tweet that driver Jean Paul had additionally been rescued from Congo and that the abductors had escaped.
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The gunmen’s identification is unclear however the space the place the kidnapping happened was as soon as roamed by fighters belonging to an anti-Kampala insurgent group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is now largely dormant. The group remains to be believed to have camps in japanese Congo.
Abductions and associated assaults on vacationers are uncommon in Uganda and the final such incident occurred in 1999.
Then, an American couple, 4 Britons and two New Zealanders have been killed together with 4 Ugandan guides after being ambushed by gunmen within the Bwindi Impenetrable Nationwide Park, just a few kilometres south of the Queen Elizabeth park. Survivors stated the killers seemed to be Congo-based Hutu rebels.
Queen Elizabeth Nationwide Park is one among most visited within the East African nation, with vacationers flocking there to see lions, hippos, crocodiles and numerous sorts of antelope.
With a file from World Information