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Americans Taken Hostage in Egypt Released

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Rev. Jean Louis, right, son of kidnapped Rev. Michel Louis, speaks to the media, in Boston, Massachusetts, July 15, 2012.

Rev. Jean Louis, right, son of kidnapped Rev. Michel Louis, speaks to the media, in Boston, Massachusetts, July 15, 2012.

Egyptian officials said the two Americans and a local tour guide kidnapped four days ago in the Sinai have been released.

A group of armed men abducted Michel Louis, Lisa Alphonse and their Egyptian tour guide on Friday. They were part of a bus tour heading to a sixth century church located at the foot of Mount Sinai.

Authorities had identified the abductor as Germy Abu Masuh, a member of a prominent Bedouin tribe in the Sinai. Abu Masuh wants Egyptian police to free his uncle, who is in jail for possessing half a ton of drugs.

Louis' son, Jean Joel Manasse Louis, said that his father, a Haitian-American and a pastor of a Boston church, organizes a pilgrimage every year.

Some imformation for this report provided by AP.
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