The entrance of the beach of the Zahabia Resort is seen in Hurghada, Egypt July 15, 2017.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Residents in the Egyptian beach resort town of Hurghada expressed their sadness over the weekend after the fatal stabbing of two German tourists on Friday.
The knifeman killed the two German women and wounded several other tourists at the Zahabia hotel in Hurghada, then swam to a neighboring beach to attack at least two more people at the Sunny Days El Palacio resort before being caught by staff and arrested, officials and security sources said.
Cafe owner, Shady Abdel Raouf, said that the attack was deplorable and believed the attacker acted as a "lone-wolf."
It was the first major attack on foreign tourists since a similar assault on the same resort more than a year ago, and comes as Egypt struggles to revive a tourism industry hurt by security threats and years of political upheaval.
Meanwhile, German officials said on Saturday they had been left "dismayed and furious" by the stabbing, calling it a deliberate attack on foreign tourists.
Still images have emerged of the Egyptian man who allegedly stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded at least four others at the popular seaside vacation spot on the Red Sea, officials and witnesses said.
The knifeman attacked four victims at the Zahabia hotel in Hurghada, then swam to a neighbouring beach to attack at least two more people at the Sunny Days El Palacio resort before being caught by staff and arrested, officials and security sources said.
One wounded woman was airlifted to a hospital in Cairo due to the seriousness of her injuries. Sources did not specify her nationality.
A security official at the El Palacio hotel told Reuters that two of the injured were Czech and two Armenian, but other officials said one of the women was Russian. They were being treated at a local hospital. The Czech Foreign Ministry tweeted that one Czech woman had sustained a minor leg injury.