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17 July 2017, 07:17 | Kelvin Horton
Egypt attacks: Two German female tourists, five policemen killed
On Friday, an assailant armed with a knife assaulted the guests of a Hurghada hotel and killed two women from Germany, while four other tourists from Armenia, the Czech Republic and Russian Federation were injured.
Cairo - Eyewitnesses in the city of Hurghada said that the knifeman, who killed two German tourists on Friday, told Egyptians who were present at the scene before he committed his crime that he was not targeting them.
"Stay away, I don't want Egyptians", the assailant had said in Arabic during the attack, according to the official. He rushed into the hotel next door, where he attacked and wounded four female tourists before being subdued and turned over to police.
Two German tourists died of their wounds while four tourists were wounded, including citizens of Ukraine and the Czech Republic, the official told The Associated Press.
Friday's attacks are likely to further impact Egypt's deeply struggling tourism industry - a pillar of the country's economy that employs millions of people.
The fact that the attacker had to swum to the resort points to the tight security measures in place around the permiters of such resorts, the HIS statement said.
However, the High State Security Prosecution, which is investigating the incident, said the motive for the attack was still unclear.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this cowardly and spiteful act, which seems to have targeted tourists who just wanted to spend a carefree and relaxing time at the sea", the spokesman said.
Journalist Farid Y. Farid says sources at Hurghada Hospital say the murdered women were in their early sixties. But the attacks have spilled to urban areas including capital Cairo. A year ago in January, 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. Egyptian authorities later announced they have arrested the attacker.
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