Two German women killed in Egyptian beach knife attack

The knifeman then swam to a neighbouring beach to attack at least two more tourists

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 July, 2017, 1:56am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 July, 2017, 2:12am

An Egyptian man stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded four other foreigners at a popular seaside vacation spot on Friday, officials and witnesses said.

The knifeman killed the two German women, and wounded two other tourists at the Zahabia hotel in Hurghada and then swam to a neighbouring beach to attack at least two more people at the Sunny Days El Palacio resort before he was arrested, officials and security sources said.

Islamic State claims responsibility for massacring Coptic Christians as Egypt continues cross-border strikes on camps in Libya

“He had a knife with him and stabbed each of them three times in the chest. They died on the beach,” the security manager at El Palacio hotel, Saud Abdelaziz, said. “He jumped a wall between the hotels and swam to the other beach.”

Abdelaziz said two of the injured were Czech and two Armenian. They were being treated at a local hospital. The Czech foreign ministry tweeted that one Czech woman sustained a minor leg injury.

The attacker’s motive was still under investigation, the interior ministry said.

Egypt is fighting Islamist insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula where they mainly target security forces but militants have also attacked tourism targets as well as Coptic Christians and churches.

Hurghada, some 400 km (250 miles) south of the capital Cairo is one of Egypt’s most popular vacation spots on the Red Sea.

Security and medical sources had earlier reported the two women killed were Ukrainians, but Major General Mohamed El-Hamzawi, security manager of Red Sea province, said they had been identified as Germans.

In January 2016, two assailants armed with a gun, a knife and a suicide belt landed on the beach of a hotel in Hurghada, wounding two foreign tourists.

Friday’s attack came on a day that five policemen were killed by gunmen on a motorbike who ambushed their car just south of Cairo.