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American tourist in Uganda kidnapped at gunpoint, government says



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By An American tourist and their local driver was kidnapped by armed men in a national park in Uganda, local officials said Wednesday.

An elite Ugandan police unit has been deployed to hunt for the pair after they were ambushed while on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park on

The gunmen used the victim's cellphone to demand a $ 500,000 rebate, police said, adding that they "strongly believe that this is the reason behind the kidnap."

At the two other people were traveling with them in a car near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were apprehended by four men who held them at gunpoint, police said.

The kidnappers abducted the American and the driver, taking their keys but leaving the vehicle behind, according to the police.

"We firmly believe that the perpetrators and victims could have been involved in the attack on the Democratic Republic of Congo, still be trapped within our search area, "police said. "1

9659014] Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular tourist destination of Uganda, home to elephants, hippopotamuses,

Abigail Williams contributed.
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