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Chinese workers abducted by Bedouin in Egypt's Sinai peninsula

Bedouin tribesmen have kidnapped 25 Chinese workers in the north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, officials say.

The technicians and engineers were on their way to work at a military-owned cement factory in the Lehfen area when gunmen stopped the bus and seized them.

The kidnappers are demanding the release of five relatives jailed after the 2004 bomb attack at the Red Sea resort of Taba that killed 31 people.

They are being held inside a tent and Bedouin are blocking roads in the area, as Tom Esslemont reports.

  • 01 Feb 2012
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