Museveni, Trump hail successful rescue of kidnapped tourist, guide in Uganda

Museveni, Trump hail successful rescue of kidnapped tourist, guide in Uganda

Museveni, Trump hail successful rescue of kidnapped tourist, guide in Uganda

The Uganda Wildlife Authority, which manages 10 national parks, 12 wildlife reserves and 14 wildlife sanctuaries in the African nation, tweeted the news shortly before 10 a.m.

Last week, security forces embarked on a joint operation to hunt gunmen who had kidnapped the American Tourist and the Ugandan tour guide from Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Government Spokesperson Mr Ofwono Opondo wrote on Twitter that Mr Endicott and Ms Mirenge, were rescued "by Uganda security forces in the DRC".

They were dropped off at a point near the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday, after paying a ransom the official said.

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The two are being interviewed by police and their kidnappers are on the run. The other tourists, an elderly couple, escaped, but the gunmen took Endicott and Remezo, said Uganda deputy police spokeswoman Polly Namaye.

A Costa Mesa woman who was abducted in Uganda along with a driver on Tuesday has been freed, authorities said Sunday. Kidnappers demanded $500,000, but it's unknown how much was negotiated for the release. Officials said that it was unusual for a tourist to be kidnapped in Uganda, which has a thriving tourism industry stemming from its wildlife and national parks.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday insisted his country was safe for travellers following the kidnapping of a USA tourist, but vowed to further strengthen security in national parks. One official with the safari company, Wild Frontiers, who asked not to be named, said the two were now "enjoying a square meal and hot shower" at a wilderness camp in Uganda run by the company. "Strengthened safety measures have been put in place for both the local residents and visitors". Survivors said the killers appeared to be Congo-based Hutu rebels.

Kimberly Endicott, 35, and Jean-Paul Mirenge were set upon as they drove through the Queen Elizabeth National Park on the evening of 2 April. Uganda is home to more than half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit each year.

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