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Tourists stabbed to death and others wounded at Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada

Two German female tourists were stabbed to death and four other foreigners were wounded in an attack with knife Friday at two hotels in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, one of Egypt's most popular resorts.

The knifeman killed the two German women and wounded two other tourists at the Zahabia hotel in Hurghada, then swam to a neighboring beach to attack at least two more people at the Sunny Days El Palacio resort  One of the injured has gone under surgery and three others were treated at nearby hospitals. An official person said the attacker stabbed the tourists in the face, neck, and feet. Egypt's Interior Ministry said the assailant was arrested immediately after the stabbings. His identity hasn't been disclosed yet. He had sneaked into a hotel by swimming from a nearby beach and attacked the tourists. The attacker was a young man in his twenties, dressed in a black T-shirt and blue jeans. "Stay away, I don't want Egyptians," he shouted in Arabic during the attack, addressing Egyptians. He was intentionally looking to attack foreigners. The motive for his attack was not known.

Hurghada-resort

The Red Sea resort of Hurghada

The German Embassy in Cairo is in close contact with Egyptian authorities. However, the German Foreign Ministry said it had no definite information. The attack came hours after five policemen were shot to death in Cairo's twin city of Giza when suspected Islamic militants opened fire on their vehicle early in the morning. Egypt has been under a state of emergency since April, after suicide bombers struck two Coptic churches north of Cairo, killing scores of Christians. Friday's attacks threaten a new blow to the country's struggling tourism industry and economy.

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