An American tourist identified as Kimberly Endicott and a safari guide known as Jean Paul who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen near Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda have returned safely after paying a ransom for their release, according to the Safari firm.
The police spokeperson, Namaye Polly who never confirmed the ransom payment, appreciated the good job done by the police, military and the wildlife authorities to recover both the American and tour guide.
The pair has been recovered safely,’Polly said.
The manager of Wild Frontiers Safaris, Mr Mike Walker confirmed the safe return of both the American tourist and guide. Ransom paid and captives released,’he said.
Regarding the ransom amount. According to Mr Walker, he didn’t know the actual sum of money demanded, but police however said the kidnappers used Kimberly’s cell phone to ask for a ransom of $500,000 ( approximately Shs1.8 billion ) for their release.
A group of 4 kidnappers stopped the American tourist and guide at a gunpoint on Tuesday, late evening as they were trying to enter Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the wild animals.
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