Egyptian kidnappers release tourists
26 March 2013, 14:13
Cairo - Kidnappers released a Norwegian woman and an Israeli
man held in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula following negotiations mediated by Bedouin
leaders between authorities and the group that seized the tourists four days
ago, security sources said on Tuesday.
The tourists had been kidnapped on Friday while driving
between the resort towns of Dahab and Taba on the Red Sea coast.
The sources said the kidnappers' aim was to put pressure on
Egyptian authorities to release two of their relatives held for alleged drug
dealing. The police had agreed to review the case.
Security in the Sinai desert region has deteriorated since
the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak two years ago.
Bedouin kidnappers have captured tourists in the past to
push for the release of fellow tribesmen from jail. Earlier this month
kidnappers briefly seized the country manager of US oil major ExxonMobil and
Two American female tourists were kidnapped in Sinai in
February last year but Egyptian authorities negotiated their release a few
Two other US tourists
were seized in late May that year, and two more US tourists in July. The
captives were released within days in both cases.