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  • Thursday ,16 January 2014
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3 abducted Egyptian trade unionists freed, govt official still held

By-Ahram

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Thursday ,16 January 2014

3 abducted Egyptian trade unionists freed, govt official still held

Three trade unionists kidnapped last week near Suez have been freed after a ransom was paid – a fourth hostage is still being held pending the payment of his ransom. 

The announcement was made on Wednesday by the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) leader Mohamed Salem.
 
The General Union of Tourism leader, his deputy and a union member were freed after a LE150,000 per person (approx $21,000) ransom was paid. A labour ministry official is still being held.
 
The four men were kidnapped last week by unidentified armed assailants in Oyoun Moussa, a few miles from the Ahmed Hamdi tunnel that connects the Sinai Peninsula to the city of Suez.
 
They were on their way to Sharm El-Sheikh to attend a federation conference on the newly amended constitution.
 
Attacks on military and police targets surged in Sinai after Morsi was ousted in July.