china captives.jpgA group of 25 Chinese workers kidnapped in the north of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday have been freed.

Commercial affairs counsellor at the Chinese embassy in Cairo, Mr Ma Jianchun said none of the workers was harmed.

He said they are now at a military hotel in the provincial capital, Al-Arish, awaiting further arrangements.

The workers were on their way to a military-owned cement factory when they were seized by armed Bedouin militants.

The kidnappers demanded the release of five relatives jailed after the 2004 bomb attack at the red sea resort of taba that killed 31 people.