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Nature of Hurghada knife attack not yet clear: Egypt prosecution

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Jul 2017
Sunny Days Beach Resort
A picture taken on July 15, 2017 shows a general view of the Sunny Days Elpalacio beach in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, where an Egyptian stabbed to death two German tourists and injured four others the day before. (Photo: AFP)
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Egypt's high state prosecution said on Saturday that the motive behind the attack on Friday where a man stabbed two tourists to death at a Hurghada resort is not yet clear.

"The perpetrator of the attack is being investigated by the prosecution. It has not yet been proven whether this was an individual act, a criminal act, an act of terrorism, or otherwise," the prosecution said in a statement reported by state-owned news agency MENA.

Two German tourists were killed and four others were injured on a Hurghada beach on Friday when a man attacked them with a knife. The injured include one Czech woman and two Armenian women, a source at Hurghada General Hospital told Ahram Online on Friday.

The assailant, who was arrested after the attack, had swum to the resort from a nearby public beach, according to a short statement by the Egyptian interior ministry shortly after the attack.

The German foreign ministry said in a statement early on Saturday that the two women killed were German nationals, adding that “based on what we know, this attack targeted foreign tourists, which is a criminal act of the highest degree that fills our hearts with sorrow, dismay and anger."

The Egyptian prosecution called on the media not to jump to any conclusions or speculate on the nature of the attack. 

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