Saturday 20 December 2014

Captured Egyptians freed in Sinai

Published 22/05/2013 | 07:12

Egyptian army soldiers take part in a sweep through villages in in northern Sinai (AP)
Egyptian army soldiers take part in a sweep through villages in in northern Sinai (AP)

Six policemen and a border guard kidnapped by suspected militants in the Sinai Peninsula have been freed, Egyptian state TV said.

The report said the men, seized last week, were released in the middle of the desert by their captors and the military was taking them back to the capital Cairo.

The military's spokesmen, Col Ahmed Mohammed Ali, confirmed the release on the army's official Facebook page, saying the men's freedom came about as "the result of the efforts of military intelligence, in co-operation with the honourable tribal leaders and Sinai residents".

The development came hours after the Egyptian military launched a massive sweep, searching for the seven in the volatile peninsula bordering the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Press Association

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