An American woman Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35 from California and her Ugandan driver Jean, Paul, have been kidnapped from a n Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwest Uganda when their vehicle was ambushed by the gunmen and have demanded $500,000 as ransom.
The park, in western Uganda, is about 750 square miles of savannah and tropical forest. It sits between two lakes at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains and is home to buffalo, hippopotamus, crocodile, elephant, leopard, lion and chimpanzee.
Police spokeswoman Polly Namaye said the 35-year-old American woman, an elderly couple and their driver were halted at gunpoint in their safari vehicle. The couple was left behind and contacted the camp manager, who rescued them, Namaye said in a statement. The kidnappers, using the victim’s phone, demanded the ransom.
The Tourism Police to the park to actively pursue the gunmen and have closed all exit areas on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“We strongly believe the perpetrators and victims could still be trapped within our search area,” the police statement added.
Ugandan soldiers are hunting the four gunmen who took the pair on the Edward Track between Katoke Gate the wilderness camp. The group quickly made their demand for Shs1.8billion using Endecott’s cellphone.