*The head of Egyptian security in North Sinai and the kidnapper said two Massachusetts natives and their Egyptian tour guide, abducted four days ago, have been released.
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Gen. Ahmed Bakr, head of security in North Sinai, said the three were now in the protection of Egyptian security officials in Sinai.
“The three hostages have been released. They are at security headquarters with us now, in good condition. The negotiations succeeded but we did not give in to the kidnapper’s demands, ” said General Ahmed Bakr, Head of North Sinai Security.
The kidnapper, Jirmy Abu-Masuh, said he freed the Rev. Michel Louis, 61, of Dorchester, and Lissa Alphonse, 39, of Everett, on Monday after officials promised they would work on releasing his uncle from prison.
He told The Associated Press by telephone after releasing the Americans that he wanted to grant them mercy, because they had nothing to do with his dispute with police.
“We are a people of mercy and they don’t have anything to do with this,” Abu-Masuh said, referring to the Americans. The three released captives later appeared at a police station in the northern Sinai city of el-Arish.