An American woman and her tour guide, who were abducted in Uganda on Tuesday, have been rescued by security forces, Ugandan officials said in a statement on Sunday.
Police & its sister security agencies have today rescued Ms.Kimberley Sue, an American tourist together with her guide who were kidnapped while on an evening game drive at Queen Elizabeth National park.The duo are in good health & in the safe hands of the joint security team.— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) April 7, 2019
Opondo said the kidnappers fled when law enforcement officers and soldiers moved in.
Kidnapped American Woman Freed After Ransom Paid By Tour Company
Uganda police said on Thursday that Kimberly Endicott and her tour guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo were kidnapped at gunpoint when their vehicle was ambushed. The kidnappers used Endicott's cell phone to request a $500,000 ransom.
Wild Frontiers Uganda, the company that Endicott toured with, paid the $500,000 ransom which resulted in the woman and tour driver being released unharmed, a spokesperson for the company told CNN.
A U.S. defense official told CNN that the U.S. military had provided support to the Ugandan officials including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance assets and liaison officers, the official said.
President Trump Tweeted Sunday afternoon that he was “pleased” the American woman and tour guide had been rescued.
Officials have not commented on the identity of the kidnappers nor if they have been captured at this time.