American tourists kidnapped in Egypt

Two American tourists and their Egyptian guide were abducted 5 km away from Sadr al-Hitan district in Sinai by Bedouin people.

Updated: Jul 14, 2012, 09:17 AM IST

Cairo: Two American tourists and their Egyptian guide have been kidnapped in Egypt`s Sinai Peninsula, Xinhua reported.

The group was abducted 5 km away from Sadr al-Hitan district in Sinai by Bedouin people related to a tribe called Turabeen, a security official said.

The kidnappers took the three to an unknown desert location in a bid to press the Egyptian authorities to release a Bedouin jailed in a prison in Alexandria.

Security officials are mediating with the tribe`s leaders to release the kidnapped tourists.

This was the sixth kidnapping case in the area since February. A Singapore tourist was abducted by a group of masked gunmen in Sinai June 15.

IANS