CAIRO, March 22 (KUNA) -- A Norwegian female tourist and another
Arab-Israeli male were kidnapped by masked gunmen in the Sinai governorate, it
was announced here on Friday.
The Middle East News Agency (MENA) quoted a security source as saying that
the two tourists were kidnapped while returning from the town of Taba, Egypt's
busiest border crossing with neighboring Israel, towards Nuweiba in southern
Sinai, by masked gunmen in three cars after they ambushed the taxi car the
tourists forced them all out, including the driver and kidnapped them.
Later, the driver was let go by the gunmen, the source added, indicating
that kidnappers' motive might be a bargaining to release their prosecuted
relatives, who are charged with drugs case.
Moreover, it affirmed that an immediate search team was formed, in
coordination with Sinai's chiefs of tribes, in order to capture the gunmen and
release the kidnapped tourists. (end)
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