Abducted American tourist rescued and safe ~Ugandan Police

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Mike Walker, manager of Wild Frontiers Safaris, said U.S. tourist Kimberly Endicott and the guide, named only as "Jean-Paul" by a government spokesman, were "back safe".

"Pleased to report that the American tourist and tour guide that were abducted in Uganda have been released".

President Donald Trump tweeted that the pair had been released and added, "God bless them and their families!"

Asked about the ransom, police spokeswoman Polly Namaye would not confirm directly but referred AFP to the tour company, saying it was "an authority on its own". The spokesperson said the identities of the alleged kidnappers have not been revealed.

The pair "were on an evening game drive" in Queen Elizabeth National Park, according to a statement by police in Uganda. "Even a small payment to a group in, say, Africa can facilitate the killing or seizure of tens or even hundreds of others, including Americans or foreign nationals in that region".

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The Britons and their driver were freed two days after the attack.

A joint operation by the police, army and Uganda Wildlife Authority, UWA was immediately deployed with the mission to locate and rescue the kidnapped victims. Queen Elizabeth National Park, in southwest Uganda, is a popular safari destination in this East African country. Uganda is home to more than half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas. Officials said that it was unusual for a tourist to be kidnapped in Uganda, which has a thriving tourism industry stemming from its wildlife and national parks.

"Our parks have been the most secure zones over the years and they remain so", he wrote.

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