US tourists seized in Egypt's Sinai are released

By REUTERS
February 3, 2012 18:22

 
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CAIRO - Two American women kidnapped by gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday were released into army custody hours after they were seized, security sources said.

The two tourists were among a party of five traveling from Saint Catherine's monastery in central Sinai to the resort town of Sharm e-Sheikh when a vehicle carrying men armed with machine guns stopped their small bus, the sources said.

The gunmen were apparently seeking a ransom, they said.

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