ISIS militants attack resort in Egypt

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Three foreign tourists were injured when two Islamic State militants stormed into the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in Egypt.

The attackers, armed with knives, were killed by police at the Bella Vista hotel after they stabbed two Austrian guests and a Swede, officials say.

The assailants were aiming to kidnap tourists, officials said. Reports say they raised the IS flag.
Security forces are still searching for possible further attackers.

The resort, Hurghada, has remained on high alert with all roads in and out closed off.

Egypt has been battling Islamist militants based in the nearby Sinai peninsula, including an Islamic State affiliate.

That group said it downed a Russian plane which crashed in October 2015, with the loss of 224 lives.

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said they were “urgently investigating” the reports from Hurghada.
He did not know whether any Britons might be affected.

The latest incident is just one in a growing list of sporadic terrorist attacks carried out by jihadist fanatics, aimed at harming the government and driving away much-needed foreign investment and tourism.

The most potent threat emanates from the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State (ISIS), based in the northern Sinai Peninsula across the Red Sea from where Friday’s hotel attack took place.

Ever since bombers attacked the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in 2005, the authorities have gone to great lengths to secure the country’s Red Sea resorts.
In October, Egypt witnessed the downing of a Russian passenger plane – which Russia and Britain believe was caused by a bomb – the coastal resorts had remained largely free from terrorism for years.

Egypt was able to deal swiftly and effectively with this latest attack in Hurghada, but the authorities will want to establish where it was launched from and what further precautions they now need to take.

An attack on a bus at a hotel near the Giza pyramids on Thursday was claimed by ISIS, which said it was targeting “a tourist bus carrying Jews”.
Egyptian officials said no-one was hurt in the attack, near Cairo. Arab Israeli tourists were staying at the hotel, reports said.

After the loss of the Russian plane in October, the UK and other European countries halted flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, citing security fears.
Russia also stopped all flights to Egypt.
The departures board on Hurghada airport’s website shows foreign tourists travelling to the resort this week have come from Turkey, Germany, Sweden and the UK.

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