Windsor Star - - WORLD -

CAIRO Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said on Sun­day 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 of Iraq and the Le­vant to carry out an at­tack against for­eign­ers.

The of­fi­cials said that in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed 29-year old Ab­del-Rah­man Shaa­ban had com­mu­ni­cated with two ISIL lead­ers on so­cial me­dia after they re­cruited him on­line.

One of them gave Shaa­ban daily lessons for a month after which he got in touch with the other, who asked him carry out an at­tack against tourists in ei­ther the re­sort city of Sharm al-Sheikh or Hurghada, to prove his al­le­giance to the group, the of­fi­cials said, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to brief the me­dia.

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