An American woman and her Ugandan driver have been kidnapped from a national park in southwest Uganda. The perpetrators now demand a ransom of $500,000 (about R7 million) for their release.
According to the deputy police spokesman, Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, and her Ugandan driver Jean Paul were ambushed by four gunmen on Tuesday evening, when they were on a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The police were informed about the kidnapping by an elderly couple who had witnessed the incident. It is still not clear who commited the crime.
“We strongly believe this ransom is the reason behind this kidnap,” the police stated. “The Joint Security teams have cut off all exit areas on the border between Uganda and the DRC in search of the victims.”
The police believe the group may still be in the park.
Press Release on the kidnapped tourist pic.twitter.com/2zwwIpcQhD
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