|A Fijian soldier serving for the MFO|
International reports say they were detained briefly in the Sinai region where the security situation has deteriorated since a popular uprising ousted the president, Hosni Mubarak, more than a year ago.
The reports said the Fiji soldiers were part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) and were eventually released but the circumstances were unclear.
"Bedouins told the MFO members who were driving by that the main road was closed. They led them to an unknown area and refused to let them leave," said a security source in North Sinai's Security Directorate.
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MENA, however later, cited its own security source as saying the troops had in fact got lost but had later found their way home without any problems.
Fiji's land force commander, Mosese Tikoitoga, has downplayed the incident telling Fiji Village a short time ago the ten soldiers were not kidnapped by the Bedouin tribesmen.
Tikoitoga says it was a roadblock incident, and media reports from BBC and other overseas outlets were 'distorted'.
He says the tribesmen stopped the soldiers at a checkpoint and fired warning shots. He says they were held for more than one hour but after intense negotiations were allowed to pass.
Meanwhile a Fijian soldier was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.
|Private Ratu Manasa Silibaravi|
Silibaravi was new to the specialist role of advanced searcher which involved working to detect makeshift bombs.
He joined the army in 2002 and served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was on his third tour of duty. His colleagues say he was a highly valued member of his search team.