Gunmen kidnap 3 Egyptian guards near Israel border

Security officials say gunmen have kidnapped three Egyptian guards on the Egyptian-Israeli border.

Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 21:26 PM IST

El-Arish: Security officials say
masked gunmen have kidnapped three Egyptian border guards on
the Egyptian-Israeli border in the Sinai Peninsula.

The officials said the gunmen arrived in three cars at
a border post early on Sunday and forced the three into the
vehicles and sped away.

The officials said the kidnappings appeared linked to
the shooting death last week of a suspected drugs smuggler who
tried to sneak across the border into Israel.

Border guards from the post where Sunday`s kidnappings
took place were involved in the shooting.

Sinai`s Bedouins are widely blamed for smuggling
illegal migrants, weapons and drugs into Israel.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorised to speak to the media.