Egypt: Kidnapping victim US tourist’s fate is dark
Thursday, 31. May 2012, 19:40
Despite reports to the contrary by an Egyptian official, two American tourists kidnapped Thursday in Egypt's Sinai region are apparently still in custody.
One of the men Brandon Kutz, told the pair were still
in the custody of their captors Thursday, though they believe their release is
They are being treated "extremely well," Kutz
said. Kutz contradicted the statement by Gen. Ahmed Fawzi, secretary for the
governor of South Sinai, who earlier told CNN the two men were on their way to
a hotel with Egyptian security forces. Fawzi had said a deal had been reached
with the kidnappers.
Fawzi could not be immediately reached for comment
Thursday evening. The U.S. State Department has not yet confirmed the release
of the two men.
Gunmen kidnapped the two tourists Thursday morning. They
had demanded the release of a man arrested a day earlier for drug possession,
It is not clear if the man has been released as part of a
deal to secure the two Americans' freedom.
The tourists, both 31, were in a car headed to a hotel
from the town of Dahab when they were stopped, the state-run Ahram newspaper
The gunmen forced the tourists out of the car and took
them away, demanding the release of a man named Eid Suleiman Etaiwy, the
newspaper report said.
Etaiwy was arrested Wednesday with "a large amount of
drugs" on him, the report said.
"We are working closely with Egyptian authorities to
resolve this situation," Katherine Sweet, a spokeswoman for the U.S.
Embassy in Cairo, said earlier Thursday.
"They are unharmed and the Bedouin are treating them
well and are friendly to them," the message read.
Kidnappings and daylight armed robberies have become
increasingly common in the turbulent year since Egypt's long-ruling dictator,
Hosni Mubarak, was overthrown.
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