Knife­man slays tourists on beach

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

A KNIFE-wield­ing at­tacker swam to an Egyp­tian ho­tel beach and went on a stab­bing ram­page yes­ter­day, killing two Ger­man fe­male tourists and in­jur­ing four oth­ers.

The male as­sailant yelled “I don’t want Egyp­tians” be­fore slash­ing the women’s throats at the pop­u­lar Red Sea re­sort of Hurghada.

The knife­man, aged in his mid-20s, was ar­rested as he tried to swim away from the scene of the at­tack.

Po­lice of­fi­cers used a boat be­long­ing to the ho­tel to catch him. Last night he was be­ing ques­tioned.

Of­fi­cials said the man sneaked into the grounds of the Sunny Days El Pala­cio Ho­tel by swim­ming from a nearby pub­lic beach.

Hospi­tal sources said the mur­dered tourists were aged in their early 60s.

One ho­tel guest said the at­tacker shouted at Egyp­tian ho­tel staff to clear a path as he tar­geted for­eign­ers on the beach. “Go away, I don’t want you Egyp­tians, you are not wanted,” he shouted.

A se­nior in­te­rior min­istry spokesman said last night: “We don’t know his mo­tives yet, he could be crazy — it’s too early to tell.”

The at­tack came hours af­ter five po­lice­men were shot to death in Cairo’s twin city of Giza when sus­pected Is­lamic mil­i­tants opened fire on their ve­hi­cle early in the morn­ing.

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