The joint security team actively investigating the kidnapping incident and successful recovery of an American tourist Ms. Kimberly Sue Endicott and a Senior Tour Guide, Jean Paul Mirenge- Remezo, has made some arrests of suspects, on suspicion of being involved in their kidnap.
The suspects, only identified as Hakim and Kwarishiima, were flown from Kanungu district where they were tracked using a device which was placed in the ransom money they received before setting Endicott and Mirenge free.
Police says the arrest follows intelligence led operation which was ‘ ‘calculated and tactical, in the early stages is now progressing unhindered, with raids and extensive searches in Kanungu district, where the suspects were arrested and the neighboring areas.’’
Ms Kimberly Sue and Jean Paul, were kidnapped on gunpoint in Queen Elizabeth National Park last Tuesday while on an evening game drive on Edward track between Katoke gate and Wilderness Camp in Kanungu District.
They were released by the kidnappers on Sunday reportedly after payment of an unspecified ransom.
It is not clear how or where the hostages were found, but sources said upon payment of the ransom, the kidnappers released them and they found their way out.
Residents hired a boda boda rider who transported them back to their Wild Frontiers Camp at Ishasha on the Uganda-DR Congo border.
The US military provided support to Ugandan security forces to accomplish the mission. The support included intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets and liaison officers, according to US news outlets