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2 women tourists killed in Egyptian beach resort were Germans

16 July 2017, 06:37 | Taylor George

GETTYEgypt stabbing Two have died and four injured during a stabbing attack this afternoon

Egypt stabbing

It didn't give any other information on the victims.

"We now have the sad certainty that two German women were killed in the attack in Hurghada", a German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

Officials said the assailant, who has been arrested, swam to the beach before attacking the tourists.

"We don't know his motives yet, he could be insane or perturbed - it's too early to tell", a senior interior ministry official told AFP.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Their nationalities were not immediately clear, but at least one of the tourists is a dual Ukrainian-Russian national, according to Russian media citing the consulate in Egypt.

Egypt is facing a threat from an Islamist insurgency and the tourism industry is taking a hit.

Two tourists have died and four other people were wounded after they were stabbed on a beach in Egypt.

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The interior ministry also announced early this week the killing of six militants in Southern Egypt as security forces faced militants in gunfire exchange.

The Ministry of the Interior said in a statement that the attack occurred at about 11 a.m., and that the assailant was taken into custody about noon.

According to the ministry, the militants sprayed the policemen's vehicle with machine-gun fire and fled the scene after one policeman returned gunfire.

The source offered condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Egypt, reaffirming Riyadh's solidarity with Cairo.

Similar attacks were claimed by the self-styled militant Hasm group that police say is affiliated with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails. The suspect, from a village in the southern Kafr al-Sheikh province, arrived in Hurghada at 5 a.m. on Friday in a public bus and waited until shops opened before buying a knife, the sources said.

While no party claimed responsibility for the attack, observers believe that ISIS stands behind the two incidents in Egypt.

The suspect was said to have specifically targeted woman and tourists and was reportedly heard shouting: 'Stay away, I don't want Egyptians'.

Terrorists have recently started to target the Coptic minority and their churches across the country via bombings that killed dozens of them since late December 2016.

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