An American citizen and local guide have been abducted during a game ride in a prominent tourist park in Uganda, a US federal official confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.
The incident is believed to be have happened between 6 and 7 pm Tuesday near a wilderness camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park, where two armed but four tourists at gunpoint. Two were rescued and alerted authorities.
However, the mobile phone of the American woman, who has been identified as Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, was used to make a demand of $ 500,000, according to Ugandan police. It is unclear where she is being held.
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to reinforce security teams and actively pursue a group of 4 unknown gunmen, ”the Deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye said in a statement, noting that they believe the victims are likely to be in the area. “We want to further reorganize the public that this is the first incident of this child registered in such a very peaceful setting.”
The U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that they are currently in the process of trying to gather all the details of the demand for demand.
The exit between the park and the Democratic Republic of Congo has since been closed.
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Somali Islamist group al Shabaab has launched attacks on Uganda in the past, but it has never kidnapped anyone for ransom, according to Reuters.