'SAS bid to free kidnapped Britons' The desperate rescue effort to secure the release of five British tourists kidnapped in Ethiopia continues amid reports that the SAS has been sent on a daring raid. Diplomats are working frantically in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and remote towns in the Afar Desert where the group was last seen. Foreign Office minister Geoff Hoon said every effort was being made to ensure their safe return. The Daily Mirror reports an elite squadron of 60 crack SAS troops flew to the neighbouring country of Djibouti close to the Ethiopian desert where gunmen seized embassy staff and relatives on a sightseeing trip four days ago. The newspaper says the unit are members of the SAS's Standby Squadron, troops set up to respond to crises around the world at a moment's notice. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We would not comment on special forces involvement." A team of 10 experts, known as a rapid deployment team, flew in to Ethiopia on Sunday to join the operation. Eritrea dismissed claims that its soldiers snatched the westerners in the Afar Desert region of Ethiopia and marched them to a military camp. Information Minister Ali Abdu said the claims, made by senior Ethiopian officials, were fabricated to make Eritrea look bad. The Foreign Office said it is in contact with senior members of both the Ethiopian and Eritrean Governments. BT.