Egypt Bedouins seize two US tourists

2012-02-03 14:14

Cairo - Egyptian Bedouins seized two female American tourists and their Egyptian tour guide on Friday on the road to the historic monastery of St Catherine's in Sinai, security officials said.

A group of masked gunmen held up the tourists' bus in Wadi al-Soal in south Sinai, snatching the three before taking off, the officials said.

Bedouin sources told AFP the kidnappers were demanding the release of relatives held in Egyptian jails, without providing further details.

State television said a military airplane had been deployed over south Sinai, as a search operation quickly got underway.

The incident comes just days after Bedouins in north Sinai briefly seized 25 Chinese workers employed by a military owned cement factory, to demand the release of Islamist relatives detained over bombings in the peninsula between 2004 and 2006.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-03 14:25

    American tourist in Egypt @ the moment, Pls Pls ar they not reading news or watching news?

  • Gavin - 2012-02-03 14:29

    It sounds to me like Egypt has some issues it needs to sort out. There's this deep seated rage that is manifesting in the form of riots and kidnappings. They need to be careful, at the rate they are going, the world will soon turn it's collective back on them in utter disgust.

  • Angus - 2012-02-03 14:40

    It seems like these people ALL live by the sword in that part of the world. The people's of the middle east are very aggressive, anti-democracy and it also seems like they will not hesitate to kill for any reason. It is a pattern, and yet these people wonder why the world frowns upon them and keeps their distance...

  • Ashley - 2012-02-03 15:34

    Now America is going to start a war with Egypt. Any reason for a war!!!!!!!!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-03 16:05

    Send in the Navy Seals... they will put the issue to bed(ouin) very quickly

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