Monday 24 July 2017

Six tourists wounded in Egypt beach resort stabbing: ministry

Six tourists wounded in Egypt beach resort stabbing: ministry
(AFP (eng) 07/14/17)
Police officer patrols street in Houghada resort, Egypt

An attacker wounded six female tourists when he attacked them with a knife on a beach in Egypt's Red Sea resort town of Hurghada on Friday, the interior ministry said.

The assailant has been arrested and is being questioned to determine his motives, the ministry said in a statement.

Their nationalities were not immediately clear, but at least one of the tourists is a dual Ukrainian-Russian national, according to Russian media citing the consulate in Egypt.

The ministry said the assailant swam to the beach before attacking the tourists.

In January 2016, three tourists in Hurghada were wounded in a stabbing attack by two assailants with apparent Islamic State group sympathies.

Hurghada is one of Egypt's most popular beach resorts, especially with Ukrainians and European tourists.

Security has been boosted in tourist resorts around the country, as the industry provides Egypt with much needed revenues.

An Islamic State group bombing of a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from a south Sinai resort in 2015 killed all 224 people on board and decimated the country's tourism sector.

Russia suspended all flights to Egypt in response and has yet to resume them.

IS has been waging a deadly insurgency based in the north of the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers.

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