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Ugandan security forces rescue kidnapped American tourist and her driver Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 27, 2021


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.

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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.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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