Hurghada Attacker Told Egyptians: I Do not Target You

Judith Bessette
Julho 17, 2017

An Egyptian man stabbed the two German tourists to death and wounded at least four others on Friday at a popular seaside vacation spot on the Red Sea, officials and witnesses said.

Officials said the man sneaked into the Sunny Days El Palacio Hotel by swimming from a nearby public beach before going on a stabbing spree. He was arrested after he wounded another four foreign tourists at a next-door hotel. All six were taken to hospitals, according to the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

Authorities say Hasm is a splinter faction from the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that was outlawed and declared a terrorist organization several months after the military in July 2013 ousted Mohammed Morsi, a senior leader of the Brotherhood who was elected president in 2012.

He said investigations were still underway to determine the nature of the attack, which has not yet been confirmed as a terrorist incident.

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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. It is unknown why he carried out the attack.

This has been the first major attack on foreign tourists since a similar assault at the same resort occurred more than a year ago, and comes at a time when is Egypt struggling to revive a tourism industry hurt by security threats and years of political upheaval.

On Saturday, tight security was in place at the site of the Hurghada attack. In January 2016, 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, security sources said. But the attacks have spilled to urban areas including capital Cairo.

One hotel guest told the Masry al-Yom newspaper that the attacker shouted at Egyptian hotel staff to clear a path as he targeted foreigners on the beach.

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