Egypt: slain Swiss couple found buried in their yard

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian police found a murdered Swiss couple buried in the garden of their house in the Red Sea resort town of Hurgada, said a security official on Friday.

The official said preliminary investigations revealed the two Swiss citizens, a man and his wife, were killed by the house's guard and two of his friends who wanted to rob the couple.

He did not reveal the identity of the two killed, but said the couple has been living in Hurgada for a while and went missing a week ago.

The corpses were transferred to Hurgada's general hospital. A local official at the hospital told AFP "the two corpses arrived at the morgue in a complete state of putrescence", without giving the identity of the two victims.

Earlier on Friday, the Swiss foreign ministry confirmed the death of two Swiss citizens in Egypt, saying it did not have immediate details on their deaths, according to Switzerland's ATS news agency.

Located on Egypt's eastern coast, the resort city of Hurgada is a prime tourist destination and has been so far spared the turmoil and violence following the popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.