Egypt resort stabbing: At least 2 tourists killed, four injured, say reports

Workers and security personnel detain the man who stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded four others during an attack at the Zahabia hotel resort in Hurghada south of the capital Cairo Egypt

Hurghada Attacker Graduated From Islamic University Worked in Saudi Arabia REUTERS Mohamed Aly

Rashed made the comments to TV talk-show host Amr Adib on his programme Kol Youm late on Saturday. The ministry would continue to monitor the situation, he said.

Canadians are being warned to avoid all non-essential travel to Egypt and to "exercise a high degree of caution" when traveling to Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh, as Egyptian investigators probe into a knife-attack that killed two German tourists and wounded at least four others Friday in Hurghada, a popular seaside vacation spot on the Red Sea.

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

Abdelaziz said two of the injured were Czech and two Armenian.

"Friday's attacks are likely to further impact Egypt's tourism industry €" a backbone of the country's economy that employs millions of people but which has been decimated by the political turmoil and fragile security roiling the country since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

A security official said the attacker, a man in his 20s dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans, wielded a knife and intentionally sought to attack foreigners.

Chinese media outlet The Paper reported that almost 150 thousand Chinese tourists visited Egypt in first five months of 2017, with a sharp year-on-year growth of 94 percent, making China the fourth largest source of tourism for Egypt.

On Saturday, tight security was in place at the site of the Hurghada attack. "It has not yet been proven whether this was an individual act, a criminal act, an act of terrorism, or otherwise". He was arrested after he wounded another four foreign tourists at a next-door hotel.

The Egyptian foreign ministry said the man's motive for the attack is not clear, but they are questioning him in custody.

In the killings of the five policemen outside of Cairo, no group claimed responsibility for the attack but it bore the hallmarks of a smaller Islamic militant group known as Hasm that has been behind similar shootings in recent months.

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