Kidnappers demand ransom for European tourists snatched in Egypt

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Kidnappers are demanding up to 6 million dollars in ransom for a group of 11 European tourists and four Egyptians.

The hostages were on an adventure safari to one of the remotest sites in Egypt, deep in the Sahara desert when they were kidnapped.

Egyptian security officials say the five Germans, five Italians and one Romanian were seized along with their Egyptian guides while camping near the Sudanese border.

They were taken across the border into neighboring Sudan.

The kidnappers may have been desert tribesmen. Egypt's tourism minister says his ministry is negotiating with them.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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