25 Chinese Workers Held by Egyptian Locals Freed02-01 00:00 财经网
Egyptian locals have freed the 25 Chinese workers they held on Tuesday in Arish, North Sinai, the Xinhua News Agency reported, quoting an official with the Chinese embassy to Cairo.
The Chinese workers were held on Tuesday by local Bedouins in Arish while riding a bus on a road to a cement plant after ending their holidays in China, the agency said.
The extremists, described by earlier Egyptian reports, said they did so to force Egyptian government to release five of their relatives detained by authorities on suspected involvement in attacks in South Sinai between 2004 and 2006, and did not target at the Chinese, the Global Times reported.
In a separate case, a Chinese team arrived in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Tuesday to help rescue 29 Chinese workers who have been held by rebels after a Saturday attack on their camp in Southern Sudan.
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