Arrests made in connection with kidnapping of American tourist, police say

Arrests made in connection with kidnapping of American tourist, police say

At least eight arrests have been made in connection with the kidnapping of an American tourist and her safari guide in Uganda's most popular national park, ABC News has learned. Uganda Police Force spokesperson Fred Enanga announced at a press conference Tuesday that "some arrests of suspects" were made in Kanungu district, which encompasses the southwestern section of the sprawling Queen Elizabeth National Park where U.S. citizen Kimberly Sue Endicott and Congolese national Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo were abducted at gunpoint while on a safari. A senior commander of the Uganda Police Force told ABC News eight people were arrested in Kanungu district on Monday and authorities are searching for more suspects in the area and nearby districts, as well as on the other side of the country's western border, into the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. "We have an intelligence-led operation, which was calculated and tactical in the early stages, and is now progressing unhindered, with raids and extensive searches, " Enanga told reporters at Tuesday's press conference. Meanwhile, the Uganda Tourism Board assured the public that all of the country's national parks remain open and safe for visitors. "Through the Uganda Wildlife Authority and security agencies, new measures ....

The gunmen apparently held the group at gunpoint before snatching the keys to their safari vehicle and fleeing with Remezo and Endicott, according to police. The Canadian tourists, identified by Wild Frontiers Uganda as Martin and Barbel Jurrius, were left behind and contacted the camp manager, who brought them back safely to the wilderness compound, police said. The kidnappers used one of the victim's mobile phones to demand a $500, 000 ransom, which police said they believe was the motive behind the abduction. (Wild Frontiers Uganda) Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo and Kimberly Sue Endicott at the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda on April 8, 2019. After a days-long search operation by Ugandan police, armed forces and wildlife authorities, Endicott and Remezo were "rescued" unharmed from the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo and brought back to Uganda on Sunday evening. But their captors "escaped, " and the operation to track them down continues, according to Ugandan government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo. Ugandan police said they are working in close coordination with their Congolese counterparts. Endicott and Remezo were freed in a "negotiated handover, conducted between the Ugandan and U.S. authorities, " according to a press statement from Wild Frontiers Uganda, which ....

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