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According to Fox News, the American hostages that were kidnapped in Sinai have been released.

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.

Rev. Michel Louis, who is diabetic, left his medicine on the bus and security officials will have to help with getting it, Abu-Masuh said. He said Michel was tired and was sleeping a lot. He would not allow the AP to talk with the Americans.

General Ahmed Bakr, head of Egyptian security in North Sinai, said freed hostages are currently under the protection of Egyptian security officials in Sinai.


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