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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Uganda Says Arrests Made for Kidnapping of American Tourist

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7Dnews London - AP

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 20:04 GMT

Ugandan police said that they have arrested some people over the kidnapping last week of an American tourist who has since been freed, as reported by AP.

Police did not specify how many people were arrested but said they are "actively investigating" the kidnapping which took place on April 2nd in a national park.

The victims, Kim Endicott of Costa Mesa, California, and local driver Jean-Paul Mirenge, were freed Sunday, April 7th.

Police said the hunt for the kidnappers - including "raids and extensive searches" - is taking place in south-western Uganda.

US President Donald Trump has urged Ugandan authorities to find the perpetrators.

The kidnappers had demanded a $500,000 ransom after abducting the two at gunpoint.

Ugandan officials said that no ransom was paid, but a tourism operator said that money was paid to secure Endicott's release.

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