Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- A senior security official says two female American tourists and their Egyptian guide have been freed hours after they were abducted at gunpoint near St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula.
South Sinai Police Chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed Naguib says the three were released after negotiations with Bedouin tribesmen.
The three were seized Friday from a minivan that was returning them from the monastery to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. Naguib said earlier the kidnappers wanted the release of fellow tribesmen who were arrested but he isn't releasing details about the negotiations.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)