Berlin 'dismayed and furious' over murder of German women in Egypt

Gladys Abbott
July 17, 2017

Cairo - Eyewitnesses in the city of Hurghada said that the knifeman, who killed two German tourists on Friday, told Egyptians who were present at the scene before he committed his crime that he was not targeting them.

One local Cafe owner, whose livelihood is dependent on tourist footfall said on a personal level, he believes the attack was the work of a "lone-wolf", and that he believes the perpetrator was "troubled or had some issues in his life".

Friday's attack in the Red Sea resort left four others wounded.

Pictures purportedly appeared to show him nabbed and pinned down inside a luggage cart by hotel staff. It has not been verified.

"There have been terrorist attacks in other countries, such as France and Belgium, but there was no speculation that these attacks would constitute a threat to tourism in these countries, as some people are trying to suggest in the case of Egypt", the statement concluded. The motive for the attack is not yet known. A picture we have seen shows one of the victims lying on a sofa in the lobby of the hotel soaked in blood waiting for paramedics to come, this picture is to distressing to be shown.

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Two German tourists died of their wounds while four tourists were wounded, including citizens of Ukraine and the Czech Republic, the official told The Associated Press.

Authorities say Hasm is a splinter faction from the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that was outlawed and declared a terrorist organization several months after the military in July 2013 ousted Mohammed Morsi, a senior leader of the Brotherhood who was elected president in 2012.

There are conflicting reports over the nationality of the injured tourists.

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 official said the tourists were stabbed in the face, neck, and feet by the male attacker.

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