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California woman kidnapped in Uganda released Sunday

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Posted at 9:31 AM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 17:29:15-04

An woman from Southern California and her safari guide who were kidnapped in Uganda were safely returned Sunday after a ransom was paid, according to ABC News.

Kim Sue Endicott and her tour guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo,were freed in a negotiated handover. Kidnappers demanded $500,000, but it's unknown how much was negotiated for the release.

Ugandan security forces launched a search for Kim Endicott and the local driver after they were abducted in a wildlife park on Tuesday.

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They were ambushed by four gunmen in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a protected area near the porous border with Congo, according to Ugandan police and a government spokesman.

Four other tourists were "left abandoned and unharmed" and later were taken to safety after reporting the incident to authorities, according to a separate statement from the Uganda Media Centre.

Kidnappings in Uganda's protected areas are rare. Queen Elizabeth National Park, in southwest Uganda, is a popular safari destination in this East African country.