Ugandan officials expand search zone as they look for kidnapped US woman

The State Department is warning Americans to avoid the part of Queen Elizabeth National Park where Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver Jean Paul Mirenge Remezo were taken at gunpoint.
1:56 | 04/04/19

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Transcript for Ugandan officials expand search zone as they look for kidnapped US woman
here tonight on the American woman, the tourist, kidnapped by gunmen. They are demanding a half million in ransom. Authorities in you began day tonight with a new warning, given what's happened to this American woman. ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell has just arrived in Uganda for us. Reporter: Tonight, Ugandan officials expanding the search zone as they frantically look for an American woman and her local driver, kidnapped while on a ewe began unanimous safari, similar to ones like these promoted by the tour company. A joint operation by police, armed forces and wildlife authorities now looking beyond the queen Elizabeth national park where Kimberly sue Endicott, identified by neighbors as this woman, and jean-paul mirenge remezo were taken at gunpoint over two days ago. They were with an elderly Canadian couple who were allowed to escape and warn authorities. An official in Washington telling ABC news, "It appears the abduction is motivated by money." But there are fears it could've been poachers or militia rebels from neighboring Congo. The kidnappers demanding half a million dollars ransom. Did they have a guard on this occasion? On this occasion they did not have a guide. They did not have one. Reporter: Tonight, the state department warning Americans to avoid the part of the park where the pair were taken until this is resolved. And Ian Pannell reporting in from Uganda for us, as this search for the American woman continues. I know that officials are closing parts of the border and they're telling tourists to travel with protection because of this incident? That's a change. Reporter: Yeah, this is a change. And, you know, Ugandans are genuinely shocked by what's happened here. It's a mark of how normally safe this country is. There's not an actual requirement, normally, to take an armed guard. But obviously after this incident, that advice is now changing, they're telling people to take protection while still insisting this country is safe for tourists. David? All right, Ian, thank you. Back here at home tonight, there is a major new headline

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