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Kidnapped US Tourist, Ugandan Guide Rescued

A United States tourist and a Ugandan tour guide who were kidnapped on Tuesday by gunmen in Queen Elizabeth National Park have been rescued.

Kimbley Sue Endecott, 35, and the guide, Jean Paul Remezo, were kidnapped at gunpoint during an evening drive on Edward track between Katoke gate and Wilderness Camp in Kanungu District.  The kidnappers demanded USD 500,000 (1.8billion Shillings) as ransom for their release. 

The suspects left two other elderly tourists, Julius Martin and his wife Barbel, in the tour van unharmed but took away the car keys. 

Bashil Hangi, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) spokesperson has confirmed to our reporter on Sunday evening that the victims have been rescued alive in Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Bashil however declined to explain more about the matter saying that UWA and security are still drafting an official statement explaining how everything went.