A knife attacker appears to have exclusively targeted female tourists during a deadly rampage before hotel staff pinned him down and wheeled him away in luggage cart.Two German women were killed and four more tourists injured during knife attack at a beach in Egypt.
The attack happened on Friday at a Red Sea resort in Hurghada, as police told the assailant swam from a nearby beach before stabbing people. Attacker reportedly shouted: ‘Stay away, I don’t want Egyptians.’
Security and medical sources had earlier reported two women killed were Ukrainians, but Major General Mohamed El-Hamzawi, security manager of Red Sea province, said victims have been identified as Germans.All six victims are women, Egyptian authorities told.It is not yet confirmed what nationalities four wounded women are, with one report stating that three were from Serbia and one from Poland, while another said two Czech women had been injured.
The attacker was detained at scene as an extraordinary picture shows what appear to be hotel staff holding him down in the bottom of a luggage cart.Authorities have not released a motive for his attack, but ISIS does operate within Egypt and has targeted tourists in past. Three foreign tourists were stabbed at same resort in January 2016 by two suspected ISIS militants.On that occasion the assailants armed with a gun, a knife and a suicide belt landed on the beach of a hotel in Hurghada by boat before attacking.
An Islamic State group bombing of a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from a south Sinai resort in 2015 killed all 224 people on board and decimated country’s tourism sector.
Russia suspended all flights to Egypt in response and has yet to resume them.IS has been waging a deadly insurgency based in north of the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers.
Hurghada is a popular Egyptian holiday resort, renowned for its scuba diving.Red Sea is a popular tourist destination for Britons, eastern Europeans and Russians. The attack came hours after five policemen were shot to death Giza when suspected Islamic militants opened fire on their vehicle early in morning.
An Interior Ministry statement as saying gunmen attacked the checkpoint Friday in the Badrashin area in Giza, part of Greater Cairo.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Insurgents have carried out a number of attacks in Egypt since 2013 military ouster of an elected Islamist president. The violence has been concentrated in northern Sinai Peninsula, but there have also been several attacks on the mainland, including in the capital.The shadowy group Hasm, believed to be affiliated to banned Muslim Brotherhood, has claimed responsibility for similar attacks.