Ecuador Kidnapping: British Woman Rescued

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Police crime scenes
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Two women, a Briton and an Australian, have been rescued near Ecuador’s border with Colombia a day after they were kidnapped.

Ecuadorian army officials have named the 23-year-old Briton as Katherine Sara Cox and the 32-year-old Australian as Fiona Louise Wilde. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was unable to confirm the names.

Police and armed forces rescued the pair who are “in good condition”, according to Ecuador’s interior minister Jose Serrano.

The women were abducted while visiting the Cuyabeno nature reserve in the Tarapoa region, in Sucumbios province, officials said.

They were travelling in a canoe as part of a group of seven tourists – five foreigners and two Ecuadorans – and two local Ecuadorans working as guides. The other foreigners were not kidnapped.

Kidnappings are common among Colombian gangs.

Australia’s foreign ministry said its embassy in Chile was “working urgently with Canadian and British authorities in Ecuador to obtain more information”, and officials were also in contact with the Australian’s family.

Ecuador’s environment ministry has quoted local people as saying that three members of a Colombian gang of ex-paramilitary fighters known as the Black Eagles were behind the abduction.

A spokeswoman for the FCO said: “We are pleased it has been confirmed that the two women missing in Ecuador have been found and that their families have been informed.”

The FCO currently advises against all travel to the areas immediately bordering Colombia in Carchi province due to criminal activity and organised crime.

originally from http://uk.yahoo.com

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