Published March 22, 2013
EL-ARISH, Egypt – 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.