American Kidnapped on Safari in Uganda and Held for $500,000 Ransom

KAMPALA, Uganda — An American girl touring one among Uganda’s hottest safari locations was kidnapped together with her native information on Tuesday night and held for $500,000 in ransom, the authorities stated.

Ugandan safety forces stated on Wednesday that they had been looking Queen Elizabeth Nationwide Park, the location of the kidnapping, for the 2 victims and their kidnappers.

The park, dwelling to greater than 600 chook species and a few 2,500 elephants, is usually thought to be secure for vacationers.

The kidnapping occurred between 6 and seven p.m., whereas the 35-year-old American girl and the information, accompanied by two different vacationers, had been on a recreation drive within the park the police stated.

A bunch of gunmen stopped the vacationers’ car and seized the American girl and the information. The gunmen left behind the 2 different vacationers, who had been described by the Ugandan police as an aged couple.

The abductors later used the American’s cellphone to demand the $500,000 ransom, the police stated.

The park is in southwestern Uganda close to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of their assertion, the police stated that safety forces inside the park had “minimize off all exit areas” alongside the border with Congo.

In 1999, eight vacationers, together with an American couple, and 4 Ugandan park staff, had been killed in a nationwide park to the south of the place Tuesday’s kidnapping occurred.

The perpetrators had been rebels believed to be linked to ethnic Hutu militias concerned within the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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