Michel Louis, pastor of the Free Pentecostal Church of God in Dorchester, MA, and Lisa Alphonse of Everett, were kidnapped along with their guide Friday by Jirmy Abu-Masuh, an Egyptian Bedouin. Abu-Masuh, a truck driver, said he will take more hostages of different nationalities if the police don’t release his uncle from prison, the Boston Herald reports. Pastor Michel Louis was on an annual mission to Israel with a group of clergy.
The two Americans were abducted Friday when Abu-Masuh stopped the tour bus they were in with dozens of other tourists along a major road linking Cairo to the sixth-century St. Catherine’s Monastery, located at the foot of Mount Sinai where the Old Testament says Moses received the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments. The route to the monastery is a frequent target by Bedouins who abduct tourists to pressure police to meet their demands, which is usually to release of a detained relative they say has been unjustly arrested. Source
The family is appealing for his safe return because he suffers from diabetes and needs medication.