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U.S. tourist kidnapped on Uganda safari rescued

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U.S. tourist kidnapped on Uganda safari rescued

U.S. tourist kidnapped on Uganda safari rescued

An American tourist and her driver have been rescued unharmed after being kidnapped in a national park in southwestern Uganda last week.

Matthew Larotonda reports.


U.S. tourist kidnapped on Uganda safari rescued

This is American tourist Kimberley Sue Endecott being safely escorted off a police helicopter in Kampala.

The 35-year-old was rescued, unharmed, by Ugandan authorities after she and her driver were abducted by gunmen in the Queen Elizabeth National Park last week, while on safari.

The popular wildlife park is one of the most visited in the country by tourists.

Police spokesman, Fred Enanga.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UGANDA POLICE SPOKESMAN, FRED ENANGA, SAYING: "The victim who had been held captive together with her safari guide, Jean Paul Mirenge, were released because first of all of the implicit threat of the use of force after the armed captives knew they were being hotly pursued by the joint team of security agencies." Police say the operation near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, is still ongoing.

The kidnappers' identity is unclear, but the area was once roamed by rebel fighters who are still believed to have camps in eastern Congo.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UGANDA POLICE SPOKESMAN, FRED ENANGA, SAYING: "The operation to arrest the culprits is ongoing with close coordination with our counterparts from the DRC whom we've been working with for the last five days and we also want to reassure all our citizens and visitors that their safety and security is our number one priority." Abductions and similar attacks on tourists are rare in Uganda.

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