9 Mar 2013

Kidnapped tourists freed

10:00 am on 9 March 2013

Two British tourists kidnapped in the Sinai Peninsula on their way to an Egyptian beach resort are now free again.

Security in the region has deteriorated since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in an uprising two years ago.

The tourists were travelling in a car from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh when they were stopped near Raas Sidr by two gunmen and abducted.

They were held for several hours in an unknown location before being handed over to the army after negotiations with tribal elders.

Sources said the kidnappers were demanding the release of four prisoners held in Alexandria on charges of arms smuggling.