Egypt Hunts for Kidnapped Tourists

Group including Europeans, Egyptians taken into neighboring Sudan
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2008 11:31 AM CDT
A group including 11 European tourists was kidnapped during an adventure safari in Egypt's southwestern desert, seen here in an undated file photo.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A group including 11 European tourists kidnapped Friday in Egypt has been taken across the southern border into neighboring Sudan, officials told the Associated Press today. The kidnappers have demanded as much as $15 million for the release of the German, Italian, and Romanian tourists and their Egyptian guides; Egypt's army is searching for the group.

Egypt's tourism minister, Zoheir Garana, said the kidnappers were likely Sudanese, and that negotiations are underway. “This is most likely not a terror-related act but a criminal one,” he told Bloomberg, “especially since the kidnappers asked for a ransom. As far as we know, the kidnapped tourists are safe and in good health.”