US tourist held hostage in Uganda released alive

A California woman and her tour guide who were kidnapped in Uganda by a group of armed men were rescued alive on Sunday, according to a report.

Kim Sue Endicott and Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo were held hostage for five days before ransom was paid for their release, ABC News reported.

The pair was kidnapped at gunpoint on Tuesday in Queens Elizabeth National Park.

The captors demanded $500,000 ransom though it’s unclear how much was paid. The US refuses to pay ransom in hostage situations.

Details of how Endicott and Remezo, a native of Congo, were not immediately released.

The rescue of Endicott, who owns a beauty shop in Costa Mesa, comes after her family demanded the US government to step up their efforts.

“I heard our Secretary of State get on there and say we don’t pay ransom. OK, fine,” said her cousin, Rich Endicott. “Then get the Navy SEALS, get them on a plane and go save her. Don’t pay ransom, I’m good with that. But he didn’t say any of those things, and maybe they’re doing those things, but who knows.”

Endicott and Remezo were ambushed in a protected area near the Congo border.

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