Three tourists stabbed at Egyptian resort by suspected militants: officials

CAIRO -- Two suspected militants stabbed and wounded three foreign tourists -- two Austrians and a Swede -- at a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada on Friday, the Interior Ministry said.

See Full Article

Security forces opened fire at the two assailants, killing one and seriously wounding the other, according to a ministry statement. The wounded attacker was arrested, according to security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

It is the second attack on a hotel frequented by foreign tourists in Egypt in as many days, an ominous development for the country's already battered tourism industry.

The attacks came less than three months after a Russian airliner was downed over the Sinai Peninsula shortly after it took off from Sharm el-Sheikh, another popular Red Sea resort in Egypt. All 224 people on board, most of them Russian, were killed. The local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for downing the aircraft, saying it had planted a bomb aboard.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, said two men armed with knives had entered the restaurant at the front of the seaside, four-star Bella Vista Hotel and attacked the tourists.

The ministry identified the slain attacker as 21-year-old Mohammed Hassan Mohammed Mahfouz, a student from Cairo's neighbourhood of Giza. Both attackers, it said, carried knives and pellet guns.

All three wounded tourists were taken to hospital, where one was treated and discharged, the statement said. There was no word in the statement on the condition of the other two, but Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed described the condition of the three as "not serious."

Security officials had initially said the attackers wounded two tourists, a Dane and a German, but such discrepancies are common in the immediate aftermath of terror attacks.

A member of the hotel's management staff who witnessed the incident said the attackers sneaked into the Bella Vista from a hotel next door, accessing the facility from the beach.

The slain attacker, he said, appeared to want to take a female tourist hostage, dragging her into the hotel's lobby with his knife held against her neck when he was shot dead by a policeman.

The witness spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the hotel's management regulations.

The attack came just hours after the local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack a day earlier on a hotel in Cairo near the Giza Pyramids. No one was hurt in the Thursday attack in which a group of over a dozen men fired flares and birdshot at a security post outside the hotel where Arab Israeli tourists were staying.

Egypt has been battling an insurgency by Islamic militants led by the local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group. The insurgency has been centred at the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula but has frequently spilled over into the mainland since the ouster in 2013 of the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The Hurghada attack is a dangerous precedent since Egypt's Red Sea resorts have done better than elsewhere in the country in weathering the slump suffered by the city's vital tourism sector in the five years of turmoil since an uprising toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Thursday's Giza attack was also significant in that it targeted a hotel in Cairo, a heavily policed city of some 18 million residents, at a time when security appeared to improve in recent months after a series of bomb attacks.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Accused killer, in crash with 6-year-old daughter, was deported from U.S. in 2013

    World News Toronto Sun
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Connecticut police worked Saturday to secure the return of a man they say fled the state with his six-year-old daughter after killing the girl’s mother. Oscar Hernandez was taken into custody Friday in Pennsylvania after a high-speed chase and crash on Interstate 99. Source
  • Donald Trump skipping White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

    World News Toronto Sun
    Donald Trump doesn't have time to dine with the "fake news" media. The U.S. president says he won’t be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April 29. In a tweet on Saturday, the president doesn’t give a reason but says he wishes “everyone well and have a great evening!” Source
  • Chunk of ice that crashed through Calgary roof came from plane: WestJet

    Canada News CTV News
    CALGARY - WestJet says early results of an investigation into an ice chunk that crashed through a Calgary home indicate one of its planes is to blame. Airline spokeswoman Lauren Stewart says in an email that a preliminary investigation with Nav Canada has concluded the ice on Friday evening fell from a WestJet plane on approach into Calgary from Regina. Source
  • Trump says he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump says he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner this spring. In a tweet on Saturday, the president doesn't give a reason but says he wishes "everyone well and have a great evening!" Source
  • Democrats choose Tom Perez as party chairman

    World News CBC News
    U.S. Democrats have a new national party chairman: Tom Perez, labour secretary during Barack Obama's presidency. Perez defeated Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, in the second round of voting Saturday by Democratic National Committee members at their meeting in Atlanta. Source
  • Neighbour says Kansas bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

    World News CTV News
    OLATHE, Kan. -- A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbour said Saturday. Source
  • Massive raw sewage spill in Tijuana River flows into U.S.

    World News Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Officials in Southern California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed north of the border for more than two weeks, according to a report. Source
  • Tom Perez elected party chairman at DNC

    World News Toronto Sun
    ATLANTA — Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman on Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman after a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to U.S. Source
  • Deadly insurgent attack in Homs weighs on UN-led Syria talks

    World News CTV News
    GENEVA -- A deadly terrorist attack in central Syria on Saturday threatened to thwart efforts to wrest a political solution at peace talks in Geneva, with the UN mediator decrying "spoilers" who try to derail the efforts to end the country's disastrous six-year war. Source
  • Second patient dies hours after being sent away from B.C. hospital

    Canada News CTV News
    For the second time in a month, a patient who attended British Columbia’s Abbotsford Regional Hospital died within hours of being sent away -- a spate of fatalities that has heartbroken family members raising tough questions about the quality of care their loved ones received in their final hours. Source