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2 Brazilian women kidnapped in Egypt's Sinai
Armed men kidnap 2 Brazilian women, tour guide in Egypt's Sinai
By The Associated Press

AL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) ' An Egyptian official says armed men kidnapped two Brazilian women and their Egyptian tour guide as they were traveling on a bus near Mount Sinai.

The head of security in Egypt's south Sinai Peninsula, Mahmoud Hefnawi, says six armed men with covered faces approached the tour bus carrying the Brazilian women and took them and their guide off the bus. The remaining passengers were allowed to go.

The tourists were near the sixth-century St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai, one of Egypt's most popuar tourist sites.

Tribesmen in the area have in the past abducted tourists to pressure Egyptian authorities to release their own detained relatives.

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