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Gang kidnaps great-niece of former Egypt president Sadat

CAIRO - A gang kidnapped the great-nieceof Egypt's former President Anwar Sadat on her way to school andheld her for 21 hours until her father paid a ransom, Egyptian securitysources and state media said on Monday.

The family reported the abduction to the police, who trackeddown the kidnappers on Monday, arrested them and retrieved theransom, a security official said on condition of anonymity.

Zeina Effat Sadat, 12, was snatched from a chauffeur-drivencar in the upmarket northern Cairo suburb of Heliopolis onSunday morning, the sources said.

The abductors phoned her father Effat Sadat, a businessman,former parliamentarian and nephew of the president assassinatedin 1981, to demand a ransom of 5 million Egyptian pounds($839,600).

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