Two German female tourists were stabbed to death while four other foreigners were wounded in an attack Friday at a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, an Egyptian security official said.
A suspect has been arrested, and the victims were taken to a hospital, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.
“In a statement, it said: “According to everything that we know, this act was aimed at foreign tourists ” a particularly perfidious and criminal act that leaves us sad, dismayed and angry”.
The killer, who is believed to have been mentally unstable, was pinned down by hotel security staff, but not before he had conducted his stabbing rampage that left two dead, and four others injured. It is unknown why he carried out the attack.
It was the first major attack on foreign tourists since a similar assault on the same resort more than a year ago, and comes as Egypt struggles to revive a tourism industry hurt by security threats and years of political upheaval.
Officials have said that the attacker may have swam to the resort to gain access and police have further said that they are trying to determine his motives, it is unclear if this is a terror attack.
On Saturday, tight security was in place at the site of the Hurghada attack.
He then bought a ticket for 100 Egyptian pounds ($5.60) to enter a beach where he killed the two German tourists and injured two others before jumping over a wall, swimming to the neighbouring beach and carrying out more stabbings. The violence has been concentrated in the northern Sinai Peninsula, but attacks have spread to the mainland, including the capital.
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. They were only lightly wounded. The Czech foreign ministry tweeted that one Czech woman sustained a minor leg injury.