Thursday 8 December 2016

Tourists stabbed in attack on hotel in Egypt

Hamza Hendawi

Published 09/01/2016 | 02:30

Police and security are ramped up outside the hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada. Photo: Reuters
Police and security are ramped up outside the hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada. Photo: Reuters

Two suspected militants stabbed and wounded three foreign tourists - two Austrians and a Swede - at a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada yesterday, the Interior Ministry said.

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Security forces opened fire at the two assailants, killing one and seriously wounding the other, according to a ministry statement.

The wounded attacker was arrested, according to security officials.

It is the second attack on a hotel frequented by foreign tourists in Egypt in as many days, an ominous development for the country's already battered tourism industry.

Knives

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, said two men armed with knives had entered the restaurant at the front of the seaside, four-star Bella Vista Hotel and attacked the tourists.

The ministry identified the slain attacker as 21-year-old Mohammed Hassan Mohammed Mahfouz, a student from Cairo's neighbourhood of Giza. Both attackers, it said, carried knives and pellet guns.

All three wounded tourists were taken to hospital, where one was treated and discharged, the statement said.

There was no word in the statement on the condition of the other two, but Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed described the condition of the three as "not serious."

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