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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gunmen kidnap 2 U.S. tourists in Egypt's Sinai region

(CNN) -- Gunmen kidnapped two American tourists Thursday in Egypt's Sinai region and demanded the release of a man arrested a day earlier for drug possession, authorities said.

The tourists, both 31, were in a car headed to a hotel from the town of Dahab when they were stopped, state-run Ahram newspaper said.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo said it is aware of the kidnapping.
"We are working closely with Egyptian authorities to resolve this situation," said Katherine Sweet, an embassy spokeswoman.

The gunmen forced them out of the car and took them away, demanding the release of a man named Eid Suleiman Etaiwy, the newspaper report said.

Etaiwy was arrested Wednesday with "a large amount of drugs" on him, the report said.
Kidnappings and daylight armed robberies have become increasingly common in the turbulent year since Egypt's long-ruling dictator Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. Read More