May 31st, 2012
11:48 AM ET

Report: Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists in Egypt's Sinai region

[Updated at 11:48 a.m. ET] Two American tourists kidnapped Thursday by gunmen in Egypt's Sinai region have not been freed, despite Egyptian authorities saying they had been. One of the two men, Brandon Kutz, told CNN they are still in custody, but that they are being treated "extremely well."

[Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET] Two American tourists kidnapped Thursday in Egypt's Sinai region have been released, an official in South Sinai said.

[Posted at 4:14 a.m. ET] Gunmen kidnapped two American tourists Thursday in Egypt's Sinai region and demanded the release of a man who was arrested a day earlier for drug possession, state-run Ahram newspaper said.

The tourists, both 31, were in a car headed to a hotel from the town of Dahab when they were stopped, the newspaper said.

The gunmen forced them out of the car and took them away, demanding the release of a man named Eid Suleiman Etaiwy, the report said.

Etaiwy was arrested Wednesday with "a large amount of drugs" on him, the report said.

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  1. saywhat

    A sigh of relief. The Americans have been freed.
    The tribes in Sinai desert do these things. The second time in the past 6 months.
    Until Egypt settles down politically after the recent elections. We might see these incidents now that region is more or less neglected by Egyptians preoccupied with the democratic process.

    May 31, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    At least the 70 year old woman got to vote.

    May 31, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. giggity

    sorry, wrong post

    May 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. james ainoris

    What are americans doing there! i suppose its israels fault again....lol. israel should have never have given any land back to egypt.... after the 67 war they should have taken down the entire country. we give them along with pakistan all this money to hate us...? look at the history of nasser and the grand mufti joining with the nazi s . they still follow these beliefs today. james ainoris

    May 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |