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Two British tourists who were kidnapped in Egypt have been released, according to South Sinai security chief Mahmoud Al-Hefnawi.

It is thought the pair are unharmed.

The couple were travelling from Cairo to the beach resort of Sharm El Sheikh when they were seized near the South Sinai city of Raas Sidr reports the BBC.

The kidnappers were demanding the release of four prisoners held in Alexandria on charges of arms smuggling, according to reports. 

South Sinai's Red Sea coast is a major north African tourism hub, popular for diving and beach holidays, but security in the region has deteriorated since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago.

The Foreign Office had said it was "looking into" the kidnap reports.

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