German tourists fatally stabbed in attack on women at Egyptian resort

Ivan Schwartz
July 17, 2017

Friday's attack in the Red Sea resort left four others wounded.

Security officials in Egypt say the Egyptian man who stabbed two German women to death at a popular Red Sea resort first sat and spoke to them in fluent German before producing a large kitchen knife, attacking them and leaving them for dead.

"Stay away, I don't want Egyptians", the assailant had said in Arabic during the attack, according to the official. He was arrested after he wounded another four foreign tourists at a next-door hotel. It didn't give any other information on the victims.

The German Foreign Ministry confirmed Saturday it now has the "sad certainty" that two German female tourists died in Friday's attack.

The assault came just hours after a shooting near some of Egypt's most famous pyramids outside of Cairo killed five policemen.

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The attacker in Hurghada, one of Egypt's most popular beach resorts and diving centers, stabbed the tourists in the face, neck and feet, according to the security official.

The Egyptian foreign ministry said the man's motive for the attack is not clear, but they are questioning him in custody.

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.

Earlier on Saturday, Egypt's High State Prosecution issued a statement on Friday's attack, saying, "The perpetrator of the attack is being investigated by the prosecution".

"We don't know his motives yet, he could be insane or perturbed - it's too early to tell", a senior interior ministry official told AFP. But the attacks have spilled to urban areas including capital Cairo. The Czech foreign ministry tweeted that one Czech woman sustained a minor leg injury. A year ago in January, 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.

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