American Tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott Set Free After Being Kidnapped in Uganda
IBexclusive News Sunday, April 07, 2019.
(IBEXNews) - American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her Congolese safari guide, who were kidnapped at gunpoint last week in a Ugandan wilderness park, have been safely released.
The release came after a ransom was paid and a negotiated handover was conducted.
"Security services have this evening managed to rescue" Endicott and her driver Jean Paul Mirenge, the Ugandan government said in a statement. The two kidnap victims returned to a lodge at Queen Elizabeth National Park on Sunday, according to a spokesperson for Wild Frontiers Uganda.
Security services have this evening managed to rescue kidnapped U.S. citizen Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver Jean Paul Mirenge. Appreciation goes to @PoliceUg and sister security agencies that led the operation to return Sue and Jean Paul.
Details to follow. pic.twitter.com/l3xczXixgb
— Government of Uganda (@GovUganda) April 7, 2019
The amount of ransom that was paid and other details of Endicott's release were not immediately disclosed. The captors had demanded $500,000.
Ugandan security forces launched a search for Endicott and the local driver after they were abducted in the wildlife park on April 2. They were ambushed by four gunmen in the park, a protected area near the porous border with Congo, according to Ugandan police and a government spokesman.
DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.