Abducted Western tourists freed in EgyptSeptember 29th, 2008 - 8:36 pm ICT by ANI
Cairo (Egypt), Sept.29 (ANI): The eleven hostages, who were kidnapped 10 days ago by gunmen, have been freed.
The five Italians, five Germans and a Romanian, besides their guides are said to be in good health.
According to the BBC, the group that was abducted in a remote border region of Egypt, are now en route to a military base in Cairo.
During their captivity they were moved around a lawless desert area straddling Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Chad. No ransom was a paid, an Egyptian official said.
German officials had been negotiating with the kidnappers, who were demanding a ransom of 8.8 million dollars.
The freeing of the Westerners was reported on Egyptian state television and confirmed by Italian officials.
Egypt’’s Defence Minister said that half of the hostage-takers had been “eliminated”. Italy’’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said the freeing of the group was the result of international co-operation. (ANI with inputs)
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