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Kimberly Sue Endicott after her release. (Wild Frontiers Uganda)
Kimberly Sue Endicott after her release. (Wild Frontiers Uganda)

Held hostage

American tourist and her guide released after alleged kidnapping in Uganda

By WITW Staff on April 7, 2019

An American woman allegedly kidnapped in a Uganda wildlife reserve along with her guide has been released, according to Ugandan police.

Kimberly Sue Endicott, a tourist from California, was apparently abducted at gunpoint on Tuesday while on an evening game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Her captors demanded $500,000 for her release. The New York Times reports that the local safari company said the ransom was paid, though other media outlets have said that the terms of Endicott’s release are still unclear.

Ugandan park officials quickly publicized the end of the ordeal and offered reassurances that it is safe for tourists to visit national parks in Uganda. The country’s cabinet minister of information technology, Frank Tumwebaze, tweeted that Uganda was “very safe border to border.” Wildlife tourism comprises a major part of Uganda’s economy.

Still, the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Kampala began urging visitors last week to “exercise caution when traveling to this area.”

President Trump tweeted about Endicott’s release: “Pleased to report that the American tourist and tour guide that were abducted in Uganda have been released. God bless them and their families!”

Read more at NPR.

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