Museveni’s govt orders high operation after Gunmen in Uganda abduct American tourists

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A group of unidentified gunmen have abducted an american tourist and her driver inside a national park close to the border with Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Four armed men, not yet identified, between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm (1400-1600GMT), staged an ambush and kidnapped an American tourist with his Ugandan driver near Katoke Gate in the Queen Elizabeth National Park,” Opondo said in a statement.

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The two have been identified as Kimberly Sue Endecott, 35 and her driver Jean Paul

An elite police unit was deployed to hunt for the pair after they were ambushed while on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday night, according to the Ugandan government and police.

The assailants used one of the victims’ cellphones to call authorities and demand $500,000 for their release, police said, adding that they “strongly believe this ransom is the reason behind the kidnap.”

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At least two other people, named by police as Martin and Barbel Julius, were traveling with the group near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo.

The four kidnappers abducted the American and the driver, taking their keys but leaving the vehicle behind, according to police. The others in the vehicle escaped unharmed and later contacted authorities. The government earlier said that four people had escaped the incident.

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Police said they have blocked the nearby border in an attempt to corner the kidnappers.

“We strongly believe the perpetrators and victims could still be trapped within our search area,” police said. “We are hopeful that our efforts will lead to their successful recovery.”

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