Six tourists stabbed in attack at Red Sea resort in Egypt

Six tourists stabbed in attack at Red Sea resort in Egypt

Six tourists stabbed in attack at Red Sea resort in Egypt

In January 2016, two assailants armed with a gun, a knife and a suicide belt landed on the beach of a hotel in Hurghada, wounding two foreign tourists, security sources said.

Friday's attack comes more than a year after a similar attack in the same town.

The attack is yet another blow to Egypt's already beleaguered tourism industry after a spate of attacks.

"These are insane people", said Tamer Wajeeh, whose tour operator business Red Sea Reisen is about 3km from the scene of the first attack.

Elhadidi said that the man stabbed the women with a knife at Zahabia Hotel and that they died instantly.

Insurgents have carried out a number of attacks in Egypt since the 2013 military ouster of an elected Islamist president. The year before the 2011 uprising, almost 15 million tourists visited Egypt.

Two tourists, reported to be women, were killed in the incident, the BBC quotes Egyptian medical officials as saying.

The Hurghada area is also known as a popular tourist attraction featuring resorts, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Judicial sources told AFP that the man being detained had confessed to sharing the ideology Daesh, although there was no Daesh claim of responsibility.

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This year, the attacks have increasingly spread south into the capital.

Now, dramatic pictures have emerged from the moments staff and police detained the alleged suspected killer in Hurghada on Egypt's eastern coast.

"Stay away, I don't want Egyptians", the assailant had said in Arabic during the attack, according to the official. "He was shouting that he was not after Egyptians, and some Egyptians intervened to stop him".

The deceased are believed to be German nationals and all the victims are women.

The Health Ministry deputy in the Red Sea province, Naglaa Shatt, said the wounded included two Armenians, one Czech and a Ukrainian.

It was not the first attack in Hurghada.

The attacks have mainly targeted security forces and Egypt's minority Christians. Previous attacks in Cairo have been claimed by Islamic State and by Hasm, a shadowy militant group thought to have been drawn from the ranks of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The plane was blown up shortly after taking off from Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt's biggest Red Sea Resort; 224 people were killed.

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