Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Egypt: Two Ukrainian tourists killed in stabbing spree at Red Sea resort

Egypt: Two Ukrainian tourists killed in stabbing spree at Red Sea resort

The ministry will continue to monitor the situation, he said.

The German government on Saturday confirmed that two German tourists were killed in a knife attack at a hotel in the popular Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Abdelaziz said two of the injured were Czech and two Armenian.

The motive for the attack is still under investigation, the ministry said, adding that the attacker had swum from a nearby public beach to access the holiday resort in Hurghada, some 400 km (250 miles) south of Cairo.

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Tourism visitor numbers dropped dramatically after a Russian passenger jet crashed in Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board, mostly holidaymakers.

In an alert on its website, the Embassy urged its tourists not to travel alone in Egypt or visit unofficial scenic spots.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it appeared to have been inspired by recent calls made by the local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group on its followers to attack Egypt's minority Christians and foreign tourists.

Chinese media outlet The Paper reported that almost 150 thousand Chinese tourists visited Egypt in first five months of 2017, with a sharp year-on-year growth of 94 percent, making China the fourth largest source of tourism for Egypt.

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Late on Saturday, the High Information Service (HIS) issued a statement on the incident, saying that there have been "limited" attacks targeting tourists over the past four years.

A Thomas Cook spokesman said: "Thomas Cook is aware of a knife attack that has taken place on the beach in Hurghada in Egypt".

"Some sources noted that the two victims are foreigners who are staying in Hurghada, where they work".

The attacker, who had swum ashore, was arrested and questioned.

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"We don't know his motives yet, he could be insane or perturbed - it's too early to tell", a senior interior ministry official told AFP.

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