Two tourists killed in Egypt beach resort stabbing attack

Egyptian security forces patrol the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after tourists were stabbed by Islamic State sympathisers in 2016

Gunmen kill five Egyptian police south of Cairo

Two tourists, reported to be women, have been killed in stabbings at a hotel in the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egyptian medical officials say.

There was confusion about the nationalities of the four wounded victims as well.

Some of the wounded are in a critical condition, a statement said.

Abdelaziz said two of the injured were Czech and two were Armenian.

The attacker - reportedly in his 20s - was reported to have stabbed the tourists in the face, neck and feet, according to a security official.

Egyptian security forces patrol the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after tourists were stabbed by Islamic State sympathisers in 2016

The interior ministry has not issued any more details about the assailant or his motives, nor any details about the injured tourists.

Hurghada is situated along eastern Egypt's Red Sea coast, about 250 miles southeast of Cairo.

Security has been tightened in tourist resorts around the country as the industry is a major revenue stream for Egypt.

The assault came just hours after five policemen were killed in a shooting near some of Egypt's most famous pyramids outside of Cairo.

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.


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