Egyp­tian of­fi­cials say re­sort knife at­tacker tasked by IS

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

CAIRO — Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials say that the Egyp­tian man who stabbed to death three tourists and wounded three oth­ers ear­lier this month in the Red Sea re­sort of Hurghada, was tasked by the Is­lamic State group to carry out the at­tack.

The of­fi­cials said Sun­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that 29-year old Ab­del-Rah­man Shaa­ban had com­mu­ni­cated with two lead­ers in the group. They added that he was asked to carry out the at­tack to prove his al­le­giance to the group.

The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to brief the me­dia. Shaa­ban, who killed two Ger­man women and a Czech woman and wounded two Ar­me­ni­ans and a Ukrainian, was ar­rested shortly af­ter he was chased by ho­tel work­ers and se­cu­rity guards who handed him over to the po­lice.

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