Morsi firm after police kidnapped

AFP-JIJI

President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday ruled out negotiating with the kidnappers of three policemen and four soldiers who appeared to plead for their release in an online video.

The abductions Thursday in the Sinai Peninsula prompted angry police to shut down border crossings with the Gaza Strip and Israel, piling the pressure on Morsi to secure the hostages’ release.

A video posted on YouTube on Sunday appeared to show the hostages, blindfolded and with their hands on their heads, identifying themselves. One of them is prodded by what appears to be a rifle held by an abductor off-screen before another hostage says the kidnappers want the release of detained Bedouin “political activists.”