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WorldTrump: Uganda must capture kidnappers of freed US tourist

04:40  09 april  2019
04:40  09 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

Kidnappers demand $500K after American tourist vanishes in Uganda

Kidnappers demand $500K after American tourist vanishes in Uganda The assailants used one of the victims' cellphones to call authorities and demand a ransom of $500,000, police said.

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — U . S . President Donald Trump on Monday urged Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist who has been freed amid conflicting reports over whether a ransom was paid for her release.

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KAMPALA, Uganda — U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist who has been freed amid conflicting reports over whether a ransom was paid for her release.

Kim Endicott of Costa Mesa, California, was released by her abductors over the weekend and was to be turned over to the U.S. ambassador Monday, Ugandan police said.

Uganda hunt for kidnapped US tourist enters third day

Uganda hunt for kidnapped US tourist enters third day Ugandan security forces scoured dense bush on Thursday in the hunt for a US tourist and her safari guide who were kidnapped by gunmen in a national park. "The operation to rescue the tourist is still ongoing," Uganda's tourism minister, Godfrey Kiwanda, told AFP on Thursday. Four kidnappers stopped a group of tourists at gunpoint around dusk on Tuesday as they drove through the Queen Elizabeth National Park on safari to see wild animals. Police identified the American as a 35-year-old woman and said the kidnappers had used her mobile telephone to demand a ransom of $500,000 (445,000 euros) for the release of the pair.

President Donald Trump on Monday urged Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist who has been freed amid conflicting reports over whether a ransom was paid for her release.Kim Endicott of Costa Mesa, California

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — U . S . President Donald Trump on Monday urged Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist who has been freed amid conflicting reports over whether

Endicott and her Ugandan driver were both safe after the five-day ordeal. They were taken from Queen Elizabeth National Park across the border to Congo, according to Ugandan authorities.

Trump pressed Uganda's government to capture the culprits Monday.

"Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide before people will feel safe in going there. Bring them to justice openly and quickly!" he tweeted.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that he was pleased the tourist and guide had been released.

Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga said he did not believe a ransom had been paid.

"I have indicated to you that we don't do ransom," he said Monday at a news conference in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

A Uganda-based tour official said, however, that a ransom was paid to secure Endicott's freedom. The tourist was released, "not rescued," after money was paid "otherwise she wouldn't be back," said the tourism professional with knowledge of Endicott's trip.

Search expands for American tourist kidnapped in Uganda national park

Search expands for American tourist kidnapped in Uganda national park Authorities are still searching for American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her safari guide who were abducted by gunmen at Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Trump pressed Uganda ’s government to capture the culprits Monday. “ Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide The kidnappers had demanded a 0,000 ransom after grabbing Endicott and her driver from a group of tourists on an evening game drive on April 2

President Donald Trump on Monday urged Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist and her tour guide who were recently freed . A spokesman for the Ugandan government, Ofwono Opondo P'Odel, responded that "there are more gun deaths in the # US " than kidnappings in Uganda ."

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Many officials, including from the U.S. Embassy, were involved in efforts to secure the release of the kidnapping victims, he said. He couldn't say how much was paid or who paid.

Ugandan officials have said the kidnapping victims were rescued from armed kidnappers who are still at large.

Trump: Uganda must capture kidnappers of freed US tourist© The Associated Press Image released by Wild Frontiers tour company on Monday April 8, 2019, shows American tourist Kim Endicott, right, and field guide Jean-Paul Mirenge a day after they were rescued following a kidnap by unknown gunmen in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ugandan police said on Sunday they had rescued Endicott, an American tourist, and her guide, Mirenge, who had been kidnapped by gunmen in a national park. (Wild Frontiers via AP)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Twitter that the security forces "shall deal with these isolated pockets of criminals."

Search for O.C. tourist kidnapped by gunmen in Uganda stretches into a third day

Search for O.C. tourist kidnapped by gunmen in Uganda stretches into a third day Authorities on Friday continued to search for an Orange County woman and her driver who were kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of men who ambushed them this week in a national park in Uganda. Kimberly Sue Endicott, 56, an esthetician from Costa Mesa, was traveling in a car on an evening game drive with a Ugandan guide and two other tourists in Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday when four men held them at gunpoint. The other tourists — an elderly couple — managed to escape, but the gunmen took Endicott and the driver, said Uganda deputy police spokeswoman Polly Namaye.

Trump pressed Uganda ’s government to capture the culprits Monday. “ Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide The kidnappers had demanded a 0,000 ransom after grabbing Endicott and her driver from a group of tourists on an evening game drive on April 2

KAMPALA, Uganda -- U . S . President Donald Trump on Monday urged Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist who has been freed amid conflicting reports over whether a ransom was paid for her release.

The kidnappers had demanded a $500,000 ransom after grabbing Endicott and her driver from a group of tourists on an evening game drive on April 2, police said.

"It's completely shocking," Sandy Benton, a friend of Endicott's in Southern California, said Monday. "I never thought anything like this would happen to her."

Benton called Endicott an adventure seeker and world traveler, saying it wasn't surprising that she would travel to Uganda on her own.

"I just prayed for her and hoped for safe return," Benton said. "I'm glad to hear she'll be on her way home soon. I can't imagine how traumatic that was for her. She had to be terrified."

Megan Barth, a longtime client and friend of Endicott's who lives in Las Vegas, said Endicott is an animal lover who long dreamed of traveling to Africa to see gorillas in the wild.

"It was definitely on the bucket list for her," Barth said. "She's a wanderlust, and she's always been a wanderlust. She always was wanting to travel and experience different cultures."

Barth said she's been overcome with worry since Endicott was kidnapped.

American tourist kidnapped in Ugandan park rescued -Uganda military

American tourist kidnapped in Ugandan park rescued -Uganda military An American tourist who was kidnapped alongside her driver in a national park in southwestern Uganda has been rescued unharmed, the Ugandan military told Reuters on Sunday.

"Over the past week, I've just been praying — praying in the shower, praying while I'm driving, praying while having my cup of coffee," she said. "My whole entire day was consumed by her because I knew she was in such an awful, traumatic place."

Benton and Barth said they hope Endicott isn't too scarred by the experience and is touched by those worldwide who have reached out to her family while she was held.

"Hopefully she just feels a lot of love," Benton said.

Barth said if anyone can make it through such an experience, it's Endicott.

"She's such a lovely, warm-hearted, beautiful spirit," she said. "She will somehow turn this traumatic experience into something that is not only a healing experience for her, but an experience she can use to help others."

Endicott, who has a small skin care shop in Costa Mesa, is in her 50s and has a daughter and granddaughter, according to Phoenix resident Rich Endicott, who told The Associated Press that he hadn't spoken with his cousin since a family reunion several years ago.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week at an event for families of U.S. citizens held captive overseas that he understands some people want to do anything to get their loved ones back but paying ransom would just lead to more kidnappings.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is near the porous border with Congo, is Uganda's most popular safari destination. Its attractions include groups of tree-climbing lions.

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Myers reported from Los Angeles.

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