Transcript for American taken hostage in Uganda freed after ransom paid
We're moving on to that story that we've been keeping you updated on it was first heartbreak and now it's relief the American woman in her safari guide. Are free and unharmed after being taken hostage in you've done this I wanna go to Ian panel who's on the ground there Ian. Paid Kimberly. This is Queen Elizabeth national park and Uganda. It's where the abduction began on Tuesday evening. And sweaters and it yesterday evening pretty much five days to the hour since the pat were abducted just a reminder of what's happened. Can we surrender call to an American tourist was here. As a tourist she was ounce on the game drive the Queen Elizabeth national pocked. Is famous worldwide for its wildlife first floor and for its Foreman has tree climbing lines elephants monkeys lots of things to see it rise up on the border with a Democratic Republic of Congo absolutely peaceful solution without them in the evening game drive. Then she and her drive though were ambushed by full armed men wearing military fatigues they took away Kimberly sue and John Paul meringue they had drive. And they weren't seen again for another five days darkened I'll tell you the negotiations were going on pretty much throughout that period with the kidnappers. But the FBI together with the US military book primarily Ugandan police and army all working together. Managed to secure her release as I say about 6 PM yesterday says scenes of jubilation. Which increases of being re reunited with the owner of the launch we've seen and John Paul meringue gated day after finding clean and rested in looking happy. And they on now on their way home. Home to meet that timely and their loved ones some questions though about how this happened. The Ugandan authorities a very clear that they do not pay ransom. The American government's by the US secretary of state any last week again reiterating longstanding US policy that he doesn't reward kidnappers for the obvious reason. It encourages. Copycat. And he has spokesperson of the total company while frontiers as told ABC news that money walls exchanged. So who pay dates and crucially wife it was a breach of policy. Final thing to tell you is that the hunt is still on for the kidnappers who we believe a skillet large. I understand the hunts is going on must on this side of the border but also on the Congolese side people will be desperate to find the kidnappers. Like a safe for obvious fear that if they gets away with it and get away with the money went off shall how much days. The risk is that it rewards others and encourages others to do likewise.
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