California grandmother kidnapped by four gunmen is RESCUED unharmed with driver after ransom payment

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An American tourist who was kidnapped alongside her driver in a national park in southwestern Uganda has been rescued unharmed, the Ugandan military confirmed on Sunday.

Kimberly Sue Endicott, 56, was abducted by gunmen in Queen Elizabeth National Park, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo, on April 4.

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The kidnappers later demanded a ransom of $500,000 for her release, however it's unclear how much or who paid the ransom to release her after five days.

'She has been located and rescued unharmed,' Uganda military spokesman, Brigadier Richard Karemire told Reuters.

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Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said in a tweet that driver Jean Paul had also been rescued.

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The pair were taken to a lodge at the park, a spokesman for safari organizers Wild Frontiers Uganda told ABC News.

At least six military helicopters were spotted landing at a nearby airport on Sunday as well as soldiers driving quickly in the area of the park.

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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. 'Appreciation goes to [Uganda Police Force and sister security agencies that led the operation to return Sue and Jean Paul.'

It comes just in time for the grandmother's 57th birthday on April 15.

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Her family had pleaded for her ransom to be negotiated.

'The family has done what’s been asked of them to do. I think it’s the government’s time to help us,' the woman's cousin, Rich Endicott, told the Associated Press.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week the United States does not pay ransoms to release its citizens.

'Please remember that any payment to a terrorist or a terrorist regime gives money so that they can seize more of our people,' he said after meeting families of other citizens that had...
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