By Allan Mugabe
American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her tour guide ttwho were ambushed and kidnapped Tuesday in Uganda, have been rescued and are in good health, Ugandan authorities said yesterday.
The countrys government and police announced their rescue by security forces on Twitter without addressing whether a ransom was paid or not.
Endicott, from Southern California, was visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park alongside Congolese guide Jean Paul Mirenge when they were abducted at gunpoint by four men who used her cellphone to contact authorities and demand a $500,000 ransom, Ugandan police said.
Endicott, 35, and Mirenge were on an evening safari with a Canadian couple when the gunmen accosted their vehicle, taking the first two and robbing the 78-year-old Canadians but leaving them behind. They notified the camp manager, who rescued them.
A massive search-and-rescue effort was launched after the kidnapping.
It was not known whether a ransom was paid or by whom, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said the American government does not pay ransom for its citizens.
www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website