Stabbing attack on tourists at Egyptian Red Sea resort

Posted July 15, 2017

Two holidaymakers were killed and four others wounded in a stabbing at Hurghada on the Red Sea.

An assailant with a knife attacked six female tourists in a beach resort area of the town, Egypt's Interior Ministry said earlier about the incident. The four wounded tourists-whose nationalities have not been provided-were taken to a local hospital.

The ministry said the assailant was arrested immediately after the stabbings on Friday. However, initial media reports say that two tourists died from their injuries.

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The victims of the Hurghada hotel knife attack were two German nationals, a head of a tour company familiar with the situation told Sputnik on Friday.

The suspect is being questioned by police to determine his motives, it adds.

The attacker had swum from a nearby public beach to access the holiday resort in Hurghada, some 400 km south of Cairo.

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The ministry said in the statement it has established a security cordon around the site of the attack to ensure the safety of other tourists.

The Islamic State branch in North Sinai claimed responsibility for most of the attacks which have so far left hundreds dead.

The assault came just hours after five policemen were killed in a shooting near some of Egypt's most famous pyramids outside of Cairo.

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