|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.
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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.