Tourists kidnapped in Egypt now in Libya: Report

September 25th, 2008 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Sep 25 (DPA) A group of 19 foreign tourists and Egyptians kidnapped at gun point by an unknown group in western Egypt last week have now been transferred to Libya, the Arab satellite broadcaster al-Arabiya reported Thursday.The tourists, including 11 foreigners and eight Egyptians, were abducted by some masked bandits on Sep 19 while they were on a safari near the city of Aswan in western Egypt.

A spokesman for the Sudanese foreign ministry told the channel that the group, which includes five Germans, five Italians and one Romanian tourist, had been brought across the Libyan border.

The group were previously thought to be at a location 25 km inside Sudan after having been snatched near the Gilf Kebir region in the Egyptian desert.

On Thursday, Sudanese foreign ministry official Ali Youssef said that government forces had sealed off the village where the kidnappers were thought to be hiding.

It was also reported that the bandits have asked for Germany to be responsible for paying a ransom of six million euros ($8.8 million) as the condition for releasing the hostages.

But no official response to the reports have come yet.

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