Bedouins of Egypt released 25 Chinese citizens
Bedouins in Egypt have released 25 Chinese workers who were kidnapped January 31 by one of the Bedouin tribes. The kidnapped Chinese citizens were employees of cement plant in the Egyptian province Xinhua. According to China's news agency in Xinhua, engineers and technicians were not injured. By kidnapping Chinese the bedouins wanted to secure the release of five members of their tribe, who now are under arrest for suspicion of involvement in the explosion at the Egyptian resort of Taba in 2004, Radio Liberty.
According to Pravda.Ru, the incident occurred on Tuesday morning at one of Egypt's highways. Unknown group stopped a minibus, which carried 25 Chinese workers from the factory located in the area. Threatening to PRC citizens with firearms, the attackers took them hostage and took away in an unknown direction. The responsibility for this accident was taken by the extremist group "Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad" ("Monotheism and Jihad").
As recalled by the ITAR-TASS news agency, Chinese citizens were kidnapped not for the first time. Currently. 29 Chinese workers of a construction company that had been seized in South Kordofan on 28 January are in the hands of the rebels in Sudan. On the eve, China's Foreign Ministry in Sudan sent to a special working group to assist in their release.