Two female U.S. tourists were taken from their tour bus at gunpoint as it returned to Sharm-al-Sheikh, Egypt, on Friday, according to a report from CBS News and the Associated Press.

The two women were part of a group that was returning from an excursion to St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai when the abduction took place, the report said. Three other people aboard the tour bus were left behind by the gunmen, who reportedly headed into nearby mountains in a pair of vehicles. A helicopter search was under way.

The nationalities of the three other members of the group were unknown.

Officials at the U.S. embassy in Cairo had no additional information on the abduction and were attempting to identify the kidnapped women.

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