Egypt: 2 tourists killed, 4 injured in Hurghada knife attack

Egypt: 2 tourists killed, 4 injured in Hurghada knife attack

Egypt: 2 tourists killed, 4 injured in Hurghada knife attack

Two female German tourists were stabbed to death and four other foreigners were wounded in the attacks at the Zahabia and El Palacio hotels.

Assailants killed five Egyptian policemen in a shooting south of Cairo on Friday, in the latest of a series of attacks targeting the country´s security forces, the interior ministry said.

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.

Security has been boosted in resorts around the country, as the tourism industry provides Egypt with much-needed revenues.

Similar attacks were claimed by the self-styled militant Hasm group that police say is affiliated with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails.

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He killed the two women, said to be long-term German residents of Hurghada, by stabbing each of them three times in the chest.

The Islamic State branch in North Sinai claimed responsibility for most of the attacks which have so far left hundreds dead in Egypt. Authorities ramped up security measures in Hurghada and are applying greater scrutiny with regards to letting Egyptians enter hotels.

"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.

The ministry said the tourists were rushed to a local hospital.

This seaside resort on the Red sea is very popular with european tourists.

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A Russian passenger plane was brought down by a bomb in the peninsula in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

This year, the attacks have increasingly spread south into the capital.

The army later claimed it killed 40 militants in raids.

In the past two weeks, the Egyptian Coptic Christian temples have been targeted by terrorist attacks, therefore the religious leadership has made a decision to suspend their weekend liturgies.

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