Gunmen kidnap American tourist in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Security forces are on a hunt on four suspected gunmen who kidnapped an American tourist, Sue Endecott Kimberley and her guide Jean Paul who had taken her on an evening game drive.

They were travelling in a motor vehicle registration number UAR 777E belonging to World Frontiers Safaris Uganda which was left parked in the wild as the kidnappers went away with keys.

According to a statement by deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye, the duo was kidnapped on Tuesday evening along the Edward track, a section between Katoke gate and Wilderness camp.

“The unknown gunmen put the tourists on gun point and grabbed out two of the four tourists [who were on the game drive], before disappearing with them,” Namaye said.

The other tourists in the car, Julius Martin and his wife Barbel, according to Namaye contacted the camp manager who rescued them.

The gunmen have reportedly demanded for $500,000 (about Shs 1.8 billion) as ransom.

“We strongly believe that this ransom is the reason behind the kidnap,” Namaye said.

The gunmen are believed to have come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but the Police said that there is a possibility that have not crossed back.

Subsequently, a joint security force has cut off exit routes along the Uganda – DRC border in search of the victims.

“We strongly believe the perpetrators and victims could still be trapped within our search area,” the police statement added.