Public prosecutor orders search for police officers kidnapped in Sinai

Public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud on Wednesday urged the Interior Ministry, the National Security Agency, the General Intelligence Services and the Armed Forces to search for the police officers who were kidnapped in Sinai in last February while guarding the Egyptian border in Rafah.

News reports have said that four policemen are missing. Families of the missing policemen have accused the administration of President Mohamed Morsy of neglecting their case, as it has been nearly two years since they were abducted.

A statement from Mahmoud’s office said Tuesday that the wives of the officers filed a complaint saying the Islamist kidnappers handed them over to the Palestinian Army of Islam in return for US$150,000 for each, in order to pressure the Egyptian government to release detained militants from the Palestinian Army of Islam.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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