A man in his 20s stabbed six women, two of them fatally, in attacks at two hotels in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egyptian officials and witnesses said Friday.
Two German women were killed in the attack, the Red Sea Security Directorate said, and the other four were wounded. All six were taken to hospitals, according to the Egyptian Interior Ministry. The conditions of the surviving women were not immediately available.
The Health Ministry deputy in the Red Sea province, Naglaa Shatt, said that the four wounded women included two Armenians, one Czech and a Ukrainian. He said the Czech woman underwent surgery at Salam Hospital, while the other three were treated at Hurghada General Hospital.
A spokesman for Germany’s Foreign Office said that it was possible that German nationals were among the victims but that there was no certainty. Germany’s Embassy in Cairo is working with Egyptian authorities to gain clarity about the identity of the individuals involved.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this cowardly and spiteful act, which seems to have targeted tourists who just wanted to spend a carefree and relaxing time at the sea,” the spokesman said.
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