Two killed in Egypt beach stabbing

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

Two European women were killed and four other people wounded in a stabbing attack at the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada yesterday.

Egypt has been suffering waves of terror attacks after the military ousted former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.

Egyptian authorities say they have boosted security at the country's tourist sites, as the industry provides the Arab world's most populous country with much-needed revenues.

According to the same sources, the attacker was a man, arrested on the spot, and whose reasons are ignored.

An Egyptian health ministry official told AFP "the two foreigners killed earlier are Germans".

Egyptian policemen inspect the scene of an attack which killed 5 of their colleagues killed in a shooting near Badrasheen a town some 20 kilometers from Cairo

The source offered condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Egypt, reaffirming Riyadh's solidarity with Cairo. Earlier this week, the ministry said police had killed six IS militants in a shootout in southern Egypt.

Three foreign tourists were stabbed at the same resort in January 2016 by two suspected militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

Russian Federation has since suspended its flights to Egypt. The violence has been concentrated in the northern Sinai Peninsula, but there have also been several attacks on the mainland, including in the capital.

The attack took place in the area of al-Badrashein, in Giza province, around 40 kilometres south of Cairo.

Egypt has experienced an uptick in violence over recent months, with Coptic Christians the target of most of the attacks. Last week, 23 army personnel were killed in an attack that targeted army checkpoint in the North Sinai city of Rafah.

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