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Talks Are Held With Tourists' Captors

May 05, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

About 30 European tourists who disappeared in the Sahara Desert are alive, and Algerian authorities are in talks with their captors, an official said.

Mohammed Guerrout, president of a parliamentary commission on tourism and culture, spoke to Algerian radio after talks with Tourism Minister Lakhdar Dorbani. He did not provide information on the identity of the abductors.

The travelers, who had set off in seven groups, disappeared starting in mid-February.

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