2/03/2012

Two Americans kidnapped in Egypt's Sinai

GULFNEWS

The tourists were coming from St. Catherine, a major attraction in Sinai
  • By Ramadan Al Sherbini, Correspondent
Cairo: Two American tourists were Friday kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, state television reported.
 
The tourists were coming from St. Catherine, a major attraction in Sinai, on their way to the Red Sea resort of Sharm Al Sheikh, when masked gunmen stopped their bus, added the television. The attackers ovrpowered security escorts and seized their guns before abudcting the two women tourists to an unknown location, according to security sources.
No-one has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The incident comes days after tribal Bedouins abudcted 25 Chinese workers in central Sinai to demand the release of relatives jailed in connection with bombings that happened in the peninsula between 2004 and 2006. The Chinese abductees were released one day later after the Egyptian authorities promised to look into the demand of the Bedouins.