Egyptian man who stabbed three foreign tourists to death at Red Sea resort had tried to join Islamic State.
By Elad Benari – Arutz Sheva
An Egyptian man who stabbed three foreign tourists to death and wounded three others at a Red Sea resort earlier this month had tried to join Islamic State (ISIS), two security sources said on Sunday, according to Reuters.
Officials say the terrorist, Abdel Rahman Shaban Abokorah, killed two German women and a Czech woman and wounded three other tourists at the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada on July 14.
He was later caught by hotel staff and arrested.
Investigators have recommended he face terrorism charges, the two sources told Reuters. Authorities have so far not commented officially on motives for the attack, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The two sources confirmed that a Facebook page belonging to the attacker contains a series of references to ISIS, with the group’s flag displayed prominently in his profile.
Authorities say the attacker killed the two German women and wounded two more tourists at the Zahabia hotel in Hurghada, then swam to a neighboring beach to attack at least two more people at the Sunny Days El Palacio resort before being caught by staff and arrested.
The Czech woman was among the wounded. She died of her injuries last week, according to Reuters.
In January 2016, three tourists in Hurghada were wounded in a stabbing attack by two terrorists with links to ISIS, though the jihadist group did not claim responsibility for the attack.
In December, the two men who planned the attack were sentenced to life in prison.
Egypt’s ISIS affiliate has for years waged an insurgency in the north of the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers.
The jihadists have claimed attacks on other targets in Egypt as well, including a bomb attackon a Coptic church in Cairo in December 2016 that killed 27 people.