An American tourist, 35-year-old Kimberley Sue from California, and her guide who had been abducted by armed men in a Ugandan nature park have been freed and are healthy and well, the police announced.
“The victims of last week’s abduction were found alive,” said police spokeswoman Polly Namaye.
Kimberley Sue and her guide were kidnapped in Queen Elizabeth National Park last week. “The pair are in good health” and are in safe hands, the Ugandan police reported on Twitter.
“Pleased to report that the American tourist and tour guide that were abducted in Uganda have been released,” President Trump tweeted. “God bless them and their families!”
The police did not want to give details about the rescue operation. Polly Namaye said earlier this week that the kidnappers had demanded half a million dollars in ransom. A search is underway for four unknown armed men and Uganda has closed all border crossings with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park is popular with tourists due to its large population of elephants, lions and hippos. It borders Congo, where many rebel groups from Uganda, Rwanda and Congo have their base.