SHAFAQNA – Gunmen have opened fire at the entrance to a hotel in the Egyptian city of Hurghada, before attacking and injuring three tourists with knives, security sources have said.
Two assailants with knives wounded three tourists, including two Austrians and a Swede, at the beachside Bella Vista Hotel in the Red Sea resort city, according to Egypt’s Interior Ministry. It also stated one of the attackers was a student from the Cairo suburb of Giza.
Security sources previously said the two attackers were armed with a gun, knife and a suicide belt, injuring one tourist from Denmark and one from Germany.
Officials say police opened fire at the attackers, killing one and wounding the other. It is not immediately clear how serious the condition of the tourists is.
The officials say policemen opened fire at the attackers, killing one – who was allegedly wearing a suicide belt – and wounding the other. It was not immediately clear how serious the condition of the tourists is.
The assailants had arrived by sea to launch the assault, the sources said.
It comes after the militant group Isis said on Friday that an attack on Israeli tourists in Cairo on Thursday was carried out by its fighters in response to a call by the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to target Jews “everywhere”.
Security sources said those tourists were Israeli Arabs. No one was was hurt and Egyptian authorities said the attack was focused on security forces.
Tourism, which is a cornerstone of the Egyptian economy, has been badly hit by years of political turmoil.
A Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai on 31 October, killing all 224 people on board, most of whom were tourists returning home from the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh.
Cairo says it has found no evidence of terrorism in the crash. Russia and Western governments have said the airliner was probably brought down by a bomb, and ISIL said it had smuggled explosives on board.