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2 tourists killed in knife attack at Egyptian resort

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Assailant swam from nearby public beach to resort area

Thomson Reuters
Posted: Jul 14, 2017 12:44 PM ET
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017 12:44 PM ET

Two German tourists were killed and four other foreigners wounded by an attacker with a knife at an Egyptian Red Sea holiday resort, Egypt’s Interior Ministry and security sources said on Friday.

The motive for the attack is still under investigation, the ministry said, adding that the attacker had swum from a nearby public beach to access the holiday resort in Hurghada, some 400 kilometres south of Cairo. He was arrested.

Security and hospital sources said two women were killed. The nationality of the other victims, who were taken to hospital, was not immediately known

Egypt’s security forces are fighting an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula and militants have carried out attacks in the past on the tourism industry.

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. 

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