Two assailants armed with a gun, a knife and a suicide belt attacked a hotel in Hurghada
militants armed with knives wounded two Austrian tourists and a Swede at a
hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada on Friday evening, the
interior ministry said.
shot and killed at least one of the attackers after they stormed the beachside
Bella Vista hotel, officials said, though there was no immediate information on
the other, or on the condition of the tourists.
sources said the attackers had arrived by sea and also carried a gun and a
suicide belt. Officials said officers had tightened checks across the area and
shut off roads.
Torp told Norwary's VG newspaper that he heard at least 24 shots as the
attackers moved around the hotel.
"I was in
my room when I heard someone shouting. I went out on the balcony and could see
a man wave a black flag with white writings on it. He was yelling loudly,"
Torp told VG.
immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
But Egypt is
fighting a wave of Islamist militancy and ISIL, which has a black and white
flag, claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane in
October, killing all 224 people on board, most of them tourists returning home
from the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, across the water from Hurghada.
sources had earlier said two tourists had been injured, one from Germany and
one from Denmark.
But the Swedish
Foreign Ministry confirmed that one Swede was injured and Expressen newspaper
quoted the victim's father as saying he was "fine" in hospital.
Armed men shot
dead a police officer and a soldier on Saturday while they were in their car in
the Giza area, on the outskirts of Cairo, the state news agency said.
ISIL said on
Friday it had carried out an attack on Israeli tourists in Cairo on Thursday,
in response to a call by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to target
sources said those tourists were Israeli Arabs.
critical to the Egyptian economy as a source of hard currency, but has been
ravaged by years of political turmoil since the revolution that ousted veteran
president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.