Ugandan security forces rescue kidnapped American tourist and her driver


Ugandan security forces have rescued a kidnapped American tourist, Kimberley Sue Endecott, and her Ugandan driver, Jean Paul.

Both were abducted by gunmen on April 2 inside the Queen Elizabeth national park close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The two were found at Ishasha in western Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the local Daily Monitor portal said, quoting reliable sources.

It quoted UWA spokesperson, Bashir Hangi, as confirming the rescue.

After the kidnap, a joint operation by the police, army and Uganda Wildlife Authority was launched even as authorities maintained that the kidnappers were within the borders of Uganda.

It was not clear whether any ransom was paid.

The four kidnappers had demanded $500,000 as ransom for their release, according to the Ugandan Tourism Board and police.

Simon Ateba | Washington DC
Simon Ateba | Washington DC
Born in a small village in Cameroon, groomed in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos, and now in Washington D.C. to practice journalism at a global level, Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA, USA based in Washington DC
Simon Ateba | Washington DC
Simon Ateba | Washington DC
Born in a small village in Cameroon, groomed in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos, and now in Washington D.C. to practice journalism at a global level, Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA, USA based in Washington DC

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