Attack in Egypt’s Red Sea resort seen as IS-inspired: probe

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Egyptian police continue to probe the motive of the attacker who killed two people and wounded four others at a Red Sea beach resort, the judicial sources said.

Judicial sources added the attacker confessed to sharing the ideology of the Islamic State jihadist group, although there was no IS claim of responsibility.

The sources said the suspect is a 28-year-old from Kafr al-Sheikh province in the Nile Delta, north of Cairo.

The streets of Hurghada were being heavily patrolled and security stepped up outside hotels on Saturday.

“After killing two German women, he ran towards our hotel. He was shouting that he was not after Egyptians, and some Egyptians intervened to stop him,” said a local shop owner.

Among the four others wounded were two Armenian women and a woman from the Czech Republic, according to authorities in those countries.

It was not the first attack in Hurghada. In January 2016, three tourists were wounded in a stabbing assault in the resort by two assailants with apparent IS sympathies.

Hurghada is one of Egypt’s most popular beach resorts, especially with Ukrainians and other European tourists.

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