Abducted American, tour guide in Uganda have been rescued


Ugandan Police said then that kidnappers used one of their phones to demand a ransom of $500,000 (£383,435).

A United States tourist and her guide have been rescued after they were kidnapped at gunpoint while on safari in Uganda.

Opondo said the kidnappers fled the scene of the rescue when law enforcement, police and army moved in.

Martin Julius and his wife Barbel were said to be on a Wild Frontiers Safari tour and alerted a manager when they were abandoned in the ambush.

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Ugandan police identified the woman as Kimberly Sue Endecott, 35, although her Facebook page is under the name Endicott.

Endicott and Remezo were on an evening game drive Tuesday through popular tourist destination Queen Elizabeth National Park when a group of armed men jumped on the vehicle, Uganda police said in a press release obtained by PEOPLE. The driver was identified as "senior guide" Jean Paul. Four other tourists were left "abandoned and unharmed", according to the Uganda Media Centre, the government's communications center.

Endicott and the guide, Jean Paul, were rescued, the Uganda Wildlife Authority tweeted Sunday.

Ugandan politicians have stressed that the area where the two were taken is peaceful and have encouraged tourists to continue to visit.

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The two were reportedly found at Ishasha in the Kanungu District in the Western Region of Uganda bordering DR Congo.

Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda's cabinet minister of information technology, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that the country is "very safe". Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to the parks each year.

Abductions and related attacks on tourists are rare in Uganda and the last such incident occurred in 1999.

A ransom was believed to have been paid for their release.

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