(photo credit: Associated Press)
EL-ARISH, Egypt — Security officials on Sunday said that masked gunmen have kidnapped three Egyptian border guards on the border with Israel in the Sinai Peninsula.
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The gunmen arrived in three cars at a border post early on Sunday and forced the three into the vehicles and sped away, according to the security officials.
The kidnappings appeared linked to the shooting death
last week of a suspected drugs smuggler who tried to sneak across the
border into Israel, the officials said.
Border guards from the post where Sunday's kidnappings took place were involved in the shooting.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.