Four US nationals held in Egypt-military sources

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Egyptian demonstrators in the Suez Canal city of Suez detained four US nationals and an Egyptian translator and handed them over to military police, military sources said.

They said the military police were questioning the four to find out why they were in the Suez Canal area.

Residents of the city have been holding protest demonstrations since a local court upheld the decision of a court in Cairo to free on bail 10 policemen being tried for killing demonstrators in January, Reuters reports.

Witnesses said some of the Americans detained were seen taking pictures while others were taking notes, suggesting they might be journalists.

No U.S. officials were immediately available to comment.