An American tourist and their local driver have been kidnapped by armed men in a national park in Uganda, local officials said Wednesday.
A police unit has been sent out to look for the pair after they were ambushed while on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday night, according to the country’s government and police. The gunmen used the victim’s cellphone to demand a ransom of $500,000. The kidnappers abducted the American and the driver, taking their keys but leaving the vehicle behind, according to police. Ugandan police said they had blocked the nearby border to the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to corner the suspects.