Two tourists killed in Egypt beach resort stabbing attack

Gunmen kill 5 Egyptian policemen near Cairo

Two German tourists were stabbed to death and four other foreigners were wounded in an attack at a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

The tourists were transferred to a hospital to receive treatment.

The ministry said the assailant swam to the beach before attacking the tourists.

A man has been arrested and was being questioned in connection with the attack, the ministry said in a statement.

Hurghada, some 400km south of the capital Cairo is one of Egypt's most popular vacation spots on the Red Sea.

Two German women were killed in the attack.

The reason of the attack is still unknown.

Security has been tightened in tourist resorts around the country as the industry is a major revenue stream for Egypt.

In January 2016, two assailants armed with a gun, a knife and a suicide belt landed on the beach of a hotel in Hurghada, wounding two foreign tourists, security sources said.

Hours earlier five police were shot dead in the city of Giza by suspected Islamic militants.

Insurgents have carried out a number of attacks in Egypt since the 2013 military ouster of an elected Islamist president, with the violence concentrated in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

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