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Rev. Michel Louis, American Woman, And Egyptian Guide Taken Hostage

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This undated photo released Saturday, July 14, 2012, by the Free Pentecostal Church of God in Boston shows the church's pastor, the Rev. Michel Louis, who was abducted with two others in Egypt while touring with a church group. (AP photo/Free Pentecostal Church of God, Boston)
This undated photo released Saturday, July 14, 2012, by the Free Pentecostal Church of God in Boston shows the church's pastor, the Rev. Michel Louis, who was abducted with two others in Egypt while touring with a church group. (AP photo/Free Pentecostal Church of God, Boston)

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Egyptian security officials say they will not give in to demands of a Bedouin man who took two Americans and their local translator hostage in the Sinai Peninsula.

Rev. Michel Louis, an American woman and their Egyptian guide were taken off a bus on a road between Cairo and Mount Sinai on Friday while on a church trip.

The hostage-taker, Jirmy Abu-Masuh, has said he will not free the two Boston natives until his uncle is released from jail.

Egyptian officials say they will not release the uncle until he completes a 15-day prison sentence for possession of drugs. Abu-Masuh says his uncle was jailed for refusing to pay the police a bribe.

The officials spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss the negotiations.

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