Two Armenian nationals injured in Hurgada stabbing

TWITTERSix people have been stabbed in Hurghada a popular Egyptian tourist resort

Sixty-two tourists were killed at Egypt's Deir el-Bahri archaeological site in Luxor.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office said around 231,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2016.

The Interior Ministry earlier said six tourists were wounded. It is a popular destination for scuba diving and other watersports.

How the man accessed the hotels' beaches remains a source of confusion between unverified claims and lack of official narrative.

Sources close to the investigation told Reuters the attacker was taken to Cairo for questioning by prosecutors after officers from Egypt's domestic security agency conducted an initial inquiry. The year before the 2011 uprising, almost 15 million tourists visited Egypt.

German market researcher GfK told Reuters in April that German holidaymakers' bookings to Egypt in this summer were up 91 percent from a year ago.

So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

This year, the attacks have increasingly spread south into the capital.

GETTYHurghada is a popular tourist hotspot on the Red Sea coast
GETTYHurghada is a popular tourist hotspot on the Red Sea coast

"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 spokesperson said. Two more bombs went off at campsites some 50 kilometers away, killing a handful of people. "He was shouting that he was not after Egyptians, and some Egyptians intervened to stop him".

The nationalities of the injured women were not clear immediately, it said.

"I am very upset by this cowardly crime, my condolences to the families of the victims", German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.

Four others tourists were injured.

It was not the first attack in Hurghada.

The deadly shooting - on the Muslim weekend in Egypt, when traffic is slower - heightened fears of what has become near-weekly attacks by suspected Islamic militants after a blitz attack left 23 troops dead in northern Sinai a week ago.

Egypt's security forces are fighting an extremist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula and militants have carried out attacks in the past on the tourism industry.

The knifeman, who sought out foreign tourists, was eventually wrestled to the ground and tied up by hotel staff after he swam from one hotel beach to another.

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