Should ransom have been paid to release American hostage in Uganda?

American tourist and her driver abducted in Uganda have been found alive

American tourist and her driver abducted in Uganda have been found alive

An American woman and her Ugandan guide who were kidnapped while on safari this past week have been freed after a ransom was paid, according to officials with the safari company with which they were traveling. One - neighbor Pascale Douglas - said news that hearing her friend had been abducted was like a "punch to the gut".

Police said the incident occurred between 6pm and 7pm, along the Edward track, a section located between Katoke gate and wilderness camp.

Last week, security forces embarked on a joint operation to hunt gunmen who had kidnapped the American Tourist and the Ugandan tour guide from Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, and Ugandan driver Jean Paul were on a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park when four gunmen ambushed their vehicle on Tuesday evening, a police statement said.

"We are aware of reports that a U.S. citizen hostage was recovered on April 7 by Ugandan security officials", a State Department spokesperson told CNN. The support included intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets and liaison officers, the official said.

Wild Frontiers said neither Endicott nor her tour guide were harmed.

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It is unclear how much was paid. Endicott and the guide were taken back to a lodge at the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

He asked not to be named because he was not authorized to provide details about the circumstances of the release.

Search teams from the military, the Ugandan wildlife authority and a special police tourist protection force worked together to rescue Ms Endicott and Mr Mirenge.

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

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

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said at a Tuesday 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. "Privacy considerations prevent us from commenting further at this time".

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