Among those kidnapped were Rev. Michel Louis, a 61-year-old pastor from Boston, a 39-year-old woman and their Egyptian guide. They were taken off a bus on a road between Cairo and Mount Sinai on Friday while on a church trip.
Initially, the man who held them hostage, Jirmy Abu-Masuh, said that he would not let them go until his uncle was released from jail. Fox reports:
Egyptian officials say they will not release the uncle until he completes a 15-day prison sentence for possession of drugs. The officials spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss the negotiations. Abu-Masuh says his uncle was jailed for refusing to pay the police a bribe.