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An American woman and her safari guide who were kidnapped in a Ugandan wilderness park and held five days by armed captors were returned unharmed on Sunday after a ransom was paid for their release, authorities said.
Kim Sue Endicott of Southern California and her tour guide, Congolese national Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, were freed in a negotiated handover, officials said.
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The kidnappers who abducted them at gunpoint in Queen Elizabeth National Park had demanded a $500,000 ransom, but it was not immediately known how much was paid to secure their release or who paid it.
Endicott and Remezo were taken back to a lodge at the park, a spokesman for the Wild Frontiers Uganda safari operation told ABC News.
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"Security services have this evening managed to rescue kidnapped citizen Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver Jean Paul Mirenge [Remezo]," the government of Uganda tweeted.
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The tweet expressed appreciation to the Ugandan police and sister security agencies "that led the operation to return Sue and Jean Paul."
In a statement, the Ugandan government said Endicott and Remezo were "recovered unharmed, in good health" and were in the "safe hands of the joint security team."
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News of the kidnapped victims' release came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation got involved in the search and a relative of Edincott asked for more help for the U.S. government in finding Endicott, the owner of a Costa Mesa skincare shop.
Details of how Endicott and Remezo were saved were not immediately available.
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“The family has done what’s been asked of them to do. I think it’s the government’s time to help us,” Kim Endicott's cousin, Rich Endicott, a 62-year-old banker from Phoenix, Arizona, told the Associated Press.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed empathy for the Endicott family last week but said the U.S. has a...
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