Two German tourists have been left dead, while four were severely injured after a suspected ISIS terrorist went on a horrific stabbing spree in Egypt.
The killer swam from a public beach to the tourist resort in Hurghada before knifing victims. He targeted only women and shouted at locals “stay away, I don’t want Egyptians”.
Astonishing images showed how the attacker was captured at the scene and was pinned down and wheeled away in a luggage trolley.
Initial reports were that the two women killed were Ukrainian – but Egypt’s Security Minister later said this was an error and that both were German.
Three of the injured were from Serbia and one from Poland, according to reports.
The motive for the attack is now under investigation, Egypt’s Interior Ministry and security sources said.
But the attack bears similarities to the atrocity in the Tunisian resort of Sousse which left 30 British holidaymakers dead.
ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui slaughtered the tourists on a beach at the Imperial Marhaba hotel in 2015.
There remains a large police presence at the hotel and on a nearby beach following the incident, local media reports.
The head of the consular department of Ukraine’s foreign ministry, Vasil Kyrylych, declined to comment pending official information from Egypt.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office released a statement after the attack, but has not advised against travelling to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
It read: “There was a stabbing incident involving tourists at a resort in Hurghada reportedly causing injuries and fatalities.
“If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company.”
The attack came hours after five policemen were shot to death Giza when suspected Islamic militants opened fire on their vehicle early in the morning.
Three foreign tourists were also stabbed at the same resort in January 2016 by two suspected ISIS militants.
The attackers, armed with a gun, a knife and a suicide belt, launched the attack at the after they landed on a beach, security sources said.
Egypt’s security forces are fighting an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula and militants have carried out attacks in the past on the tourism industry.
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