Kidnappers ask Germany to stump up money in return for safe handover of captives.
Bandits who kidnapped 19 tourists and Egyptians in the desert have asked for Germany to be responsible for paying a ransom of $8.8 million, an Egyptian security official said on Thursday.
"The kidnappers have asked for the German government to be the only ones to be responsible for paying the ransom as the condition for releasing the hostages," the official said, asking not to be named.
The group of five Germans, five Italians and a Romanian as well as eight Egyptian drivers and guides was snatched by masked bandits while on desert safari to view prehistoric art in Egypt's remote southwest on Friday.
Egypt has said that Germany is heading negotiations via the German wife of the Egyptian tour operator who is among the missing. Germany has only said it has set up a kidnap crisis team.
"The six million euros are to be given to the German wife," to bring to the kidnappers, the official said.
The bandits have taken the group across the border into Sudan, where Sudanese forces have said they are besieging the group but refraining from any rescue operation that could harm the captives.
Several different ransom figures have been cited since the group was first reported missing on Monday.