Two German Tourists Killed in Attack at Egypt Resort

  • Attacker swam from a nearby beach to reach Red Sea hotel
  • Hurghada is a popular destination for foreign tourists

Two German women died after a knife attack at a resort on Egypt’s Red Sea coast that also wounded four other foreign female tourists.

The lone assailant swam from a nearby beach to reach the hotel in Hurghada, the Interior Ministry said in an emailed statement. He was arrested at the scene and is being questioned. The casualties were taken to the nearby Al Salam Hospital.

Hurghada is popular among foreign tourists and is packed with hotels and restaurants. Militant attacks have delivered a heavy blow to Egypt’s key tourism industry and in turn an economy that has struggled to recover from the years of political turmoil following the 2011 Arab Spring ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Visitor numbers have yet to recover since the 2015 downing of a Russian passenger jet after it took off from Sharm El-Sheikh killed all 224 on board.

(Corrects first paragraph after Egyptian authorities say the victims were German, not Ukrainian.)
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