Egypt: Tribesmen Release Korean Tourists In Sinai

Published February 11, 2012 7:36PM (EST)

AL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — (AP) — An Egyptian security official says that three South Korean women were released a day after being kidnapped in the Sinai peninsula by a group of armed tribesmen.

The head of security in South Sinai Maj. Gen. Mohammed Naguib said that the three women and their Egyptian tour guide were released on Saturday after tribal elders pressured the captors to release them.

He says the captors had kidnapped the women on Friday to pressure Egyptian authorities to release their detained relatives.

It was the latest in a series of kidnappings in Sinai. The peninsula has seen a surge in lawlessness over the last year, but abducted tourists are rarely harmed.

Two American women kidnapped last week said afterward that their captors served them tea and dried fruit.

By Salon Staff

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