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British Tourists Kidnapped In Egypt 'Freed' Say Local Reports

07/03/2013 14:53 GMT

Two British tourists kidnapped in Egypt have been freed, according to a local official.

The two had reportedly been driving from Cairo to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh when they were kidnapped in southern Sinai.

An Egyptian military intelligence official said the Britons were safe and in a security building in Ras Sidr in southern Sinai.

The official said the couple, who were believed to have been kidnapped at gunpoint, were freed after police promised Bedouin tribesmen they would release a detained relative who had been arrested and accused of smuggling weapons from Libya to Egypt.

The Britons were almost certainly on an independent holiday trip.

The Foreign Office would not confirm the reports but continues to advise against all travel to northern Sinai and all but essential travel in southern Sinai except for the tourist areas around Sharm el Sheikh.