News: 11 tourists kidnapped in Egypt

September 22, 2008 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

I just read on CNN that 11 tourists and their guides have been kidnapped in Egypt and taken to Sudan.  It is so sad and scary that they were not safe even though they were with locals.  A bit more history on tourist targets from the same article:

No previous instances of tourists being attacked in the Western desert have been recorded, but several clashes took place in Egypt’s Nile Valley during the 1990s when President Hosni Mubarak’s government battled Muslim militants.

Militants killed 58 foreign tourists in the southern temple city of Luxor in 1997. After 2004, attacks on foreigners moved to the resorts of the Sinai peninsula, where 121 people, including tourists, were killed in several bombings.

I hope everything turns out okay this time.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers – and keep this incident in mind when you’re planning your next vacation.  Egypt may not be the safest choice just yet.

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