An American woman and her safari guide who were abducted in the Uganda Park in the desert and spent ninety days armed hugs were returned on Sunday after a ransom for their release was paid.
Kim Sue Endicott of Southern California and her tour guide, the Congolese people Jean-Paul Mirendez Remezos, were released during the talks, officials said.
The kidnappers who kidnapped them in the Queen Elizabeth National Park demanded a $ 500,000 redemption, but it was not immediately known how much was paid to secure their release or who paid him.
Endicott and Remezzo were sent back to the house in the park, said ABC News spokesman for the safari operation "Wild Borders of Uganda".
"Security services this evening succeeded in rescuing a kidnapped citizen of Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver, Jean Paul Mirunde [Remezo]," the Ugandan government reported.
Chirik expressed gratitude to the Ugandan police and security nurses, "who undertook an operation to return Sue and Jean Paul."
The Ugandan government stated that Endicott and Remezault were "restored untouchable, in good health" and were in the "safe hands of a joint security team."
Security services this evening managed to save a stolen US. Citizen Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver Jean Paul Mirenj. @PoliceUg and the sisters who led the operation to return Sue and Jean Paul.
Details to follow. pic.twitter.com/l3xczXixgb
– Government of Uganda (@GovUganda) April 7, 2019
News about the liberation of victims stolen after the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been involved in the search and Edinco's relative has asked more to help the US government in search of Endicott, owner of a Costa Mesa skin care store.
Details on how Endicot and Remzot were saved were not immediately available.
"The family & # 39; did what they were asked to do. I think the government's time to help us, "said cousin Associated Press Associated Press Kim Endicott, Rich Endicott, a 62-year-old banker from Phoenix, Arizona.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his condolences to the Endicott family last week, but said that the United States has a long tradition of not paying redemption to secure the release of US citizens.
"Please note that any payment to a terrorist or terrorist regime gives money so that they can capture more of our people," Pompeo said after a private meeting with relatives of other US citizens who were in captivity aboard. "Even a small fee to a group in, say, Africa can ease the killing or capture of dozens or even hundreds of others, including Americans or foreigners in the region."