2 Ukrainian tourists have been killed and 4 of other nationalities wounded during a 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. 3 of injured were from Serbia and one from Poland. All 6 victims are women, Egyptian authorities said. The attacker was detained at scene as an extraordinary image 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 yet, but ISIS does operate within Egypt and has targeted tourists in past. 3 foreign tourists were stabbed at the 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. The Red Sea is a popular tourist destination for Britons, eastern Europeans and Russians too. Attack came hours after 5 policemen were shot to death Giza when suspected Islamic militants opened fire on their vehicle early in the morning.
An Interior Ministry statement as telling the 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 capital. The shadowy group Hasm, believed to be affiliated to banned Muslim Brotherhood, has claimed responsibility for similar attacks.