Kidnapped tourists released
German officials greeted the former hostages after they arrived in Berlin on a special Lufthansa flight from Egypt, the Interior Ministry said. The officials expressed their relief at the tourists’ safe return, the government said.
The five Germans were among 11 European tourists kidnapped in southern Egypt, along with eight Egyptian guides, drivers, and guards. Five Italians and one Romanian were also part of the group.
The hostages were released unharmed Monday after a coordinated operation between Egyptian and Sudanese forces, the Sudanese news agency SUNA reported, citing the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The kidnappers were Sudanese and Chadians, and a document found with the abductors showed they belong to the Sudanese Liberation Movement, a rebel group fighting against the Sudan government in Darfur, said ministry spokesman Ali Yousif.
Clearly and if that’s the truth, the leaders of the Sudanese Liberation Movement has really lost their senses. After fighting against the Khartoum regime for years, without any kind of international help, they were more than justified to use violence after the reiterated abuses practised by Khartoum’s representatives, as the terribly famous Janjaweed. So, to promote their cause, they kidnap some tourists. And the publicity they are going to get is precisely oppossed to the one they actually need.