Egyptian official: gunmen to release 2 Americans


EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- A senior security official says kidnappers have agreed to free two female American tourists and their Egyptian guide hours after they were abducted at gunpoint near St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula.

South Sinai Police Chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed Naguib says he has sent a car to pick up the kidnapping victims after the deal was made following negotiations with Bedouin tribesmen.

The three were seized Friday from a minivan that was returning them from the monastery to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. Naguib said earlier the kidnappers wanted the release of fellow tribesmen who were arrested but he isn't releasing details about the negotiations.