The son of Rev. Michel Louis told The Associated Press that his father was on a church trip to retrace Jesus’ steps through the Holy Land with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped in broad daylight Friday.
Jirmy Abu-Masuh, an Egyptian Bedouin, told the AP he was armed when he stopped the bus on a road linking Cairo to Mount Sinai, ordered the three to get off and took them captive. He said they would be released only after police release his uncle from prison, and he vowed to take more hostages of different nationalities if his demands were not met.
Louis’ son, Rev. Jean Louis, said his father was making his annual mission trip to the Holy Land. “He’s been doing it for the past four years now, and this just turned out to be a little different from any other year,” said the younger Louis, who works as a youth pastor at a church founded by his father. “He’s a diabetic, so we’d like the person that, or the people that have him in captivity, to know that. We’re just concerned for his health. But we know that the governments are working very hard negotiating.”
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