Gang kidnaps great-niece of former Egypt president Sadat

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

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

Zeina Effat Sadat, 12, was snatched from a chauffeur-driven car in the upmarket northern Cairo suburb of Heliopolis on Sunday morning, the sources said.

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

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