Uganda, Kim Soo Endicott, United States discussed on Lee Mathews
An American tourist kidnapped in Uganda has been released Michael Bauer with twenty four seven news in Washington DC was this a release or was the say rescue release at this point? The captors did release unharmed return on harmed Fifty-six-year-old Kim's, southern California. And and her tour guide who had both been partaking in five days earlier as sunset safari. She Kim's to Endicott herself. A businesswoman out of southern California hasn't been wanting to go on a safari finally got the ability to do so was on sunset safari in Uganda. When she the tour guide and two other elderly Canadian couple when they were all out in got stopped by gunman while they were in the Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda. They were stopped the gunman released the elderly couple sent them off. But then took Kim Soo Endicott and her tour guide and held them hostage for five days as soon as they got them separated. She they pulled the cell phone from the woman kittens Kim's Endicott called Ugandan officials until they were looking for five hundred thousand dollars in regards to the return Ugandan officials similar to the US don't negotiate when it comes to terrorists or people holding others hostage. They don't wanna pay a ransom and then have more money. So that those same people can go back and sees more people. So they said the US also said, no, they weren't going to pay that money, but the third time's a charm here. Right. So you actually had according to what we're hearing today, the safari company the group, the this these people were traveling with called wild frontiers. They fronted the ransom now it's unclear if it was the full five hundred thousand dollar ransom, or if it was less they came to some sort of negotiation. Also, right now seems to be unclear who the kidnappers are seems that this deal was all sort of done under the table if you will without thirties knowledge of or ability to to trace these individuals who is getting the money this company making the payment and us last night yesterday afternoon, our time you saw this woman get back to camp without any problems healthy safe as well as her safari guide, also healthy and safe. And at least at this point. No indication as to who it wasn't it on the kidnapping, so. Did they didn't have to go to a hospital for observation or no bruising, or or torture is apparent? They said there was none of that. They were indicating that they were held captive at gunpoint. But that was really the extent of what happened to them over the five day time frame. It does seem according to you on officials of this was all about looking to get that ransom money that was all came down to suicide and extended again, if the safari company wasn't the group that pay that off then it would seem as though I mean, listen, I I'm I'm shocked as anybody that this actually went down this way that you didn't end up with a couple of dead bodies that were tossed out by this group of terrorists on some level. But you're seeing this happening in in such a way that this woman was safe sound as was the tour guide. No issues whatsoever. At least, according to reports, you I'm sure that they probably had somebody looking at them on a health level to make sure they were. Okay. But no indication that they had to be rushed any kind of hospital with any apparent issues. I wonder if this will be detrimental to this tour company because I mean, first of all I don't want. Want to go to the dark continent at all? There's too much instability over there. But there are a lot of people who do and pay lots of money to go and do it. I'm wondering if this this tourism industry is going to be hurt because of this because they're from now on it seems to me they're going to be targets because they've they've they've clearly decided to say, yeah, we'll pay. Sure. And that's the message coming from our secretary of state my pump saying, okay, listen now that this has happened. These people think that they can seize more people get more money, and and even right there forget, you know, in other portions of the globe. But certainly right there with that group in in its specific will be able to now feel like they they feel like they got what they wanted. They can get more. If they have more people that can get more money, and and so on and so forth, and that begins that process of just the business of kidnapping if you will. So that's got to be a concern going forward here. And I would imagine people who were thinking about going to safari on some level would have to consider that. I know for personally, my wife has been wanting since she was a little girl to go on safari have been the one fighting. And now I've got a hold on a second look at what's happening here. If we go clearly the. The only way we're going to be able to go if we're twenty years older than the person on the on the same tours uh. So that they get kidnapped. We can get sent back. But that's the only way that it looks like a safe bet for us. Well, I don't want to go anywhere where you have to have a typhoid shot. I. Thank you, exactly. So what is next now will she get to come home? Will she be debriefed by the department of state? Do we know? This point unclear. I imagine there's going to be some debris thing I'm not sure they'd sounded like she was able to go about her continued vacation if you will. Although if it were me, I couldn't wait to get back home to the home, and certainly my own country. That said, I imagine that's probably next line. And then from there, it's sort of the investigative process. You know, they're going to try to find out and Uganda. Okay. Was this the safari company that paid off the doctors how much was it where did that money? Go. Can we trace these people can we find out who these individuals who did the kidnapping were? They a part of a bigger group all those kinds of things. Uganda clearly stating here, and they wanna make this as clear as possible they're saying that this is a one off that this doesn't happen usually in Uganda that for all intents and purposes, this was an unprecedented element. They went back incited nineteen ninety nine some twenty years ago was the last time that he's similar incident happened in that had more to do with the rebels coming from the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But they have one point four million tourists, according to their own numbers every single year. Visit Uganda and they have not. Run into a situation like this for twenty years. Well, I understand I understand that still the possibility exists. Thank you like our from twenty four seven news on NewsRadio one thousand K T. Okay. And Beth Myers. We know a little more about why this woman did what she did. That's right, and she's facing charges. Now in Cleveland county. I'm Beth Myers, and the NewsRadio one thousand K T O K news center, we are talking about that. Norman more women who surrendered Friday to Norman police in connection with those racist. Graffiti incidents in Norman, Oklahoma city charges were filed today against forty-five-year-old Allison Johnson of Norman and Cleveland county district court. It is antiquated. 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