Two British tourists kidnapped on their way to a beach resort in Egypt have reportedly been freed.

The pair are thought to have been in a car travelling from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh when they were seized near the South Sinai city of Raas Sidr.

The BBC said it understood that the pair are a man aged 51 and a 49-year-old woman.

The AFP news agency said they were a husband and wife, adding that the kidnappers told reporters they wanted the release of four people held over arms trafficking.

South Sinai security chief Mahmoud Al-Hefnawi told the BBC yesterday that the pair had been released.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office had said it was “looking into” the kidnap reports.