Sahara Desert: 29 tourists from Europe still missing

Posted on December 13, 2015 • Filed under: Africa, Tourist Missing

The search for 29 European tourists who disappeared in the Sahara Desert gained momentum as tiny – but insufficient – clues to their whereabouts surfaced and special teams from Europe arrived. reported Six separate groups of tourists – from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands – have disappeared over the past six weeks and neither search parties on camels nor helicopters with heat-seeking sensors have been able to locate them.

Footpaths not known to have existed have been uncovered, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said Tuesday without elaborating.

German Interior Minister Otto Schily, on a visit yesterday to neighbouring Tunisia, said that his country has “some information but it is not sufficient” to locate the 16 Germans gone missing.

Germany sent five federal police agents to the North African nation on Sunday to help in the search. Austria sent two diplomats and two officers from a special police unit to help locate eight missing Austrians. Read Article

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