Two foreign tourists killed in stabbing attack at resort in the Sinai Peninsula. Attacked arrested and questioned.
By Ben Ariel, Canada – Arutz Sheva
Two foreign women tourists were killed on Friday and four others were wounded in a stabbing attack at the Egyptian beach resort of Hurghada in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said, according to AFP.
The governor of Red Sea province, where the resort is located, said two “foreign residents” of the city were killed in the attack, a cabinet statement said.
The interior ministry said in a statement that the attacker, who had swum ashore, was arrested and was being questioned.
“We don’t know his motives yet, he could be crazy or perturbed — it’s too early to tell,” a senior interior ministry official told AFP.
In January 2016, three tourists in Hurghada were wounded in a stabbing attack by two terrorists with links to the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group.
No one claimed responsibility for the 2016 attack. In December, the two men who planned the attack were sentenced to life in prison.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s stabbing, either.
Hurghada is one of Egypt’s most popular beach resorts, especially among Ukrainians and European tourists.
Security has been boosted in resorts around the country, as the tourism industry provides Egypt with much-needed revenues.
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 attack on a Coptic church in Cairo in December 2016 that killed 27 people.
ISIS said it is also behind the October 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from the Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea resort, an attack that killed all 224 people on board and that crippled Egypt’s tourism industry and economy.