Gunmen have kidnapped an American woman and her Ugandan driver from Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwest Uganda. They quickly demanded a ransom of $500,000, police said yesterday.
Kimberley Sue Endecott and her driver, Jean Paul were on a game drive in the park when their vehicle was ambushed by four gunmen on Tuesday evening.
There was also an elderly couple at the scene during the attack but they were not taken. They are the ones that raised the alarm, the police said.
According to the police, the kidnapping seems to be financially motivated. The gunmen used Endecott’s phone to make the demands. “We strongly believe this ransom is the reason behind this kidnap,” they said. “The Joint Security teams have cut off all exit areas on the border between Uganda and the DRC in search of the victims.”
The police believe that the group may still be in the park, their statement said.