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6 of 8 Egypt kidnappers slain

September 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Eight kidnappers of a group of European tourists and their Egyptian guides led soldiers on a high-speed desert chase, which ended in a firefight that killed all but two of the gunmen, Sudan's military spokesman said.

The two surviving kidnappers told Sudanese soldiers that the tourists were being held by 35 more gunmen in neighboring Chad, said the spokesman, Sawarmy Khaled.

The 11 Europeans and eight Egyptians on a desert safari were seized by gunmen deep in the southern Egyptian deserts Sept. 19, and the victims have apparently been shuttled around in the remote region where Sudan, Chad, Egypt and Libya share borders.

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