Published on Monday, February 6, 2012

Tourists freed by Egyptian gunmen

Thee Egyptian State tourist office has issued a statement following the kidnapping of two American tourists and their Egyptian guide.

It said the Egyptian government and security forces succeeded in releasing both tourists and their guide in record time.

"The Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Tourist Authority are affirming and reassuring that the Egyptian  government is working on bringing the kidnappers to justice and exerting all efforts to further increase safety and security for tourists all over Egypt during their stay in the country," said the statement.

The two tourists were snatched by gunmen in Egypt's Sinai peninsula (see earlier newsflash).

Security forces said the women and their Egyptian tour guide were released a few hours later into army custody.

The three were taken when their small tour bus was attacked by masked men with machine guns while travelling with three other tourists from St Catherine's monastery on Mount Sinai to Sharm el-Sheikh.

by Bev Fearis

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  • How many times has this happened before?

    It is bad enough to know that the tourists were kidnapped at all, but the Tourist Authority's statement that they were released in 'record time' is far more worrying, just how long does it normally take to rescue kidnapped tourists in Egypt? How many times has this happened before, this is not a reassurance at all, that 'staycation' sounds even better now

    By Alan Bowen, Monday, February 6, 2012

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