Two knife-wielding men have attacked a hotel in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Hurghada and injured three European tourists, only a day after two men attacked a hotel bus in the capital Cairo.
The two attackers stormed the Bella Vista Hotel on Friday, and wounded two Austrians and a Swede, before being neutralized by security forces.
“Unknown assailants infiltrated into the hotel through the restaurant that faces the street and threatened clients with knives,” an interior ministry statement said, adding that security forces “confronted them as they tried to flee.” One of the attackers, a student in his 20s, was killed and the other was seriously wounded.
The victims were taken to the city’s Nile Hospital and Red Sea Hospital. According to Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed, they “have suffered knife wounds but they are in stable condition.”
On Thursday morning, two masked gunmen on motorcycles hurled fireworks and birdshot at a tourist bus outside the Three Pyramids Hotel, which lies on a road leading to the ancient Giza pyramids in the southwest of Cairo. No one was hurt in the attack.
Egypt has witnessed a wave of deadly bombings and shootings over the past few years. The assaults have negatively affected tourism that is considered as a pillar of the Egyptian economy.
One of the worst attacks occurred on October 31, 2015, when an Airbus A321, run by Russia’s Kogalymavia airline, crashed in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all the 224 people – mostly Russians – on board.
An affiliate of Daesh, which is based in Egypt’s troubled Sinai Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the attack.