Gunmen kidnap two U.S. tourists in Egypt's Sinai
Two American women was kidnapped today by Bedouin,Gunmen,in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in attempt to hold them for ransom,security sources said.
- since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising last February, Security in the isolated desert region has deteriorated.South Sinai's Red Sea coast is an important tourism hub for Egypt.
- As the sources declared,the two tourists were among a party of five travelling from Saint Catherine's monastery in central Sinai to the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh when a vehicle carrying men armed with machineguns stopped their small bus.
- The gunmen first took all the tourists' money and valuables and then,as an apparent afterthought, grabbed the two women,forced them into their vehicle and fled into the mountains,the security officials added.
- Two army and police search parties had gone into the area to try to track them down, the officials said.
- Last month,Bedouin seized 50 German and British tourists,were also on a trip to the monastery, whose coach accidentally crossed a roadblock they had set up as a protest against the governor of South Sinai.
- Four armed men also attacked a hotel in an Egyptian Red Sea resort popular with Israeli holidaymakers last month before fleeing when police returned fire.