How to avoid being kidnapped in Egypt
Egypt’s tourism ministry has warned travellers against traveling to the country due to a spate of kidnappings.
The ministry on Friday posted on its website a list of places where people have been abducted since the start of the year, including the Red Sea port of Damietta, a popular tourist destination.
It said tourists should avoid any sites frequented by the police and military, and to avoid traveling to areas where there is a threat of kidnapping.
Egypt has been on high alert since a failed coup on July 3 that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
It has been hit by numerous terrorist attacks, including a bombing on a police station in Cairo that killed at least 30 people and a suicide bombing outside the presidential palace that killed more than 40.
Egypt has reported a spate and most recently a series of bomb attacks that targeted public transport.
A suicide bomber killed eight policemen and an army officer in Cairo’s western suburb of El-Arish on Thursday.
Since then, more than 30 people have died in suicide attacks.