Egyptian officials say 2 tourists are missing and might have been kidnapped in Sinai

Published March 22, 2013

| Associated Press

An Egyptian intelligence official says security forces are investigating a suspected kidnapping of an Israeli-Arab tourist and a Norwegian female in the Sinai Peninsula.

The official says a Bedouin taxi driver claims he was driving the two to the popular Red Sea diving site of Dahab on Friday when gunmen ambushed his vehicle and c captured the two tourists.

Security officials are treating the incident as a disappearance, but say they are investigating the driver's account that the two were kidnapped.

A top security official in Nuweiba southern Sinai says he is heading to the Israeli-Egyptian border crossing to find out more about the identities of the tourists.

All officials spoke anonymously due to the sensitivity of the subject.

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