Museveni, Trump hail successful rescue of kidnapped tourist, guide in Uganda

The Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

The Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

The American tourist who was kidnapped for ransom along with her tour guide in a Ugandan national park last week has been rescued in "good health", authorities said Sunday.

Ugandan authorities on Wednesday launched an extensive rescue operation for an American woman and her driver who were kidnapped at Uganda's most popular wildlife park.

"Both were rescued from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are safely back in Kanungu district in Uganda", Opondo said Sunday.

Endicott left the Ishasha Wilderness Camp in the national park on Monday for the capital city of Kampala, where she is expected to meet Deborah Ruth Malac, the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda.

The Uganda Police Force said on Twitter that it had worked with security agencies to rescue the 35-year-old California woman and her Ugandan tour guide.

A U.S. woman and her safari guide were freed Sunday after being kidnapped at gunpoint at a national park in Uganda five days ago, the local police said in a statement.

There were conflicting reports on Monday whether the ransom had been paid.

"Otherwise, she wouldn't be back", he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

While addressing reporters at the Police headquarters in Naguru, Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, said victims were "released because of the implicit threat of the use of force, after the armed captors, knew they were being pursued".

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The only comment the State Department would give is: 'We are aware of reports that a USA citizen hostage was recovered on April 7 by Ugandan security officials.

Gunmen had used Ms Endicott's phone to demand $500,000 for their release.

Wild Frontiers Uganda, which operates the lodge in the park where Endicott was staying, released photos of Endicott and Remezo meeting with Paul Goldring, the company's managing director.

US President Donald Trump, in a tweet, confirmed the news of Endicott's released.

The kidnappers "have escaped and operations continue", Ofwono Opondo said.

His comments come after multiple unnamed sources said it was the tour group which had paid for her to be released.

Last week the United States government maintained that it does not pay ransoms for kidnapped citizens because this would just encourage more abductions.

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.

Tourism is a key industry for Uganda, as a major earner of foreign currency.

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