(ABC NEWS) Two American tourists were kidnapped Wednesday evening in Egypt's lawless Sinai Peninsula. They were reportedly driving north from the Red Sea resort town of Dahab when they were taken by armed Bedouin tribesmen who are now demanding the release of another tribesman arrested Tuesday with a large quantity of drugs.
The American embassy in Cairo confirmed the kidnapping to ABC News and said they were working closely with the Egyptian authorities to secure the men's release, but declined to give further details because of privacy concerns.
Colonel Majdi Musa, the head of police intelligence in the Sinai, told the semi-official Al Ahram newspaper that that the two men were born in 1981 and confirmed the names and passport numbers which had been reported earlier.
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