British tourists 'released after being kidnapped in Egypt'
Two British tourists have been released after being briefly held by kidnappers in Egypt, reports say.
Reuters news agency, quoting security and tribal sources, had earlier reported that tourists on their way to a beach resort in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula had been kidnapped by gunmen.
According to reports the kidnappers were pressing for the release of prisoners detained for smuggling.
An Egyptian military intelligence official later said the tourists had been freed just hours after their kidnapping. The official said the British couple were safe and in a security building in Ras Sidr in southern Sinai.
He said the couple were freed after police promised the Bedouin they would release a detained relative who had been arrested and accused of smuggling weapons from Libya to Egypt.
Tourists have been targeted in the past by Bedouin in Sinai wanting to pressure police to free detained relatives. Tourists are typically not held long and released unharmed.
It is thought the two Britons are a middle-aged married couple.
Anonymity order lifted for triple child killer David McGreavy jailed in 1973
World news in pictures
Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
Plenty of Fish dating site founder pulls 'Intimate Encounters' option to ward off sleazy men
Video emerges of Pope Francis reportedly performing an exorcism in St Peter’s Square
- 1 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 2 After woman sells virginity for $780,000, here are the results of our prostitution survey
- 3 China agrees to impose carbon targets by 2016
- 4 Exclusive: Championship clubs set to push for safe-standing trials
- 5 Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.