Two Ger­man tourists, five po­lice of­fi­cers killed in Egypt

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - MAGGIE MICHAEL CAIRO —

Two Ger­man fe­male tourists were stabbed to death while four other for­eign­ers were wounded in an at­tack Fri­day at a ho­tel in the Red Sea re­sort of Hurghada, an Egyp­tian se­cu­rity of­fi­cial said.

The as­sault came just hours af­ter a shoot­ing near some of Egypt’s most fa­mous pyra­mids out­side of Cairo killed five po­lice of­fi­cers.

The mo­tive be­hind the stab­bing was un­clear and the In­te­rior Min­istry said the at­tacker at the Red Sea re­sort was ar­rested im­me­di­ately.

A se­cu­rity of­fi­cial said the at­tacker, a man in his 20s, wielded a knife and in­ten­tion­ally sought to at­tack for­eign­ers.

“Stay away, I don’t want Egyp­tians,” the as­sailant had said in Ara­bic dur­ing the at­tack, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial.

With­out tak­ing any blame for what ap­pears to be a ma­jor se­cu­rity breach, the In­te­rior Min­istry said the at­tacker had sneaked into the ho­tel from a nearby beach.

In the killings of the five po­lice of­fi­cers out­side of Cairo, no group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, but it bore the hall­marks of a smaller Is­lamic mil­i­tant group known as Hasm that has been be­hind sim­i­lar shoot­ings in re­cent months.

Fri­day’s at­tacks are likely to fur­ther im­pact Egypt’s deeply strug­gling tourism in­dus­try — a pil­lar of the coun­try’s econ­omy that em­ploys mil­lions of peo­ple.

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