Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Six tourists injured in Egypt stabbing

Six tourists injured in Egypt stabbing

Egyptian authorities say they have boosted security at the country's tourist sites, as the industry provides the Arab world's most populous country with much-needed revenues.

The witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, added that he had an encounter with the suspect and that the man told him to stay away from him because "he does not want Egyptians".

Earlier Friday, five policemen were killed in an attack near Cairo.

Last week a double suicide bombing at a security checkpoint in the Sinai followed by shooting from IS militants left 23 security forces dead and dozens injured.

All 224 mostly Russian passengers were killed when Metrojet Flight 9268 suddenly dropped out of the sky over the Egypt's Sinai peninsula, shortly after having taken off from Sharm el-Sheikh global airport.

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.

Three foreign tourists were stabbed at the same resort, renowned for its scuba diving, in January 2016 by two suspected militants from the Islamic State militant group (IS). Police officers shot and killed one of the assailants and wounded the other.

The Brotherhood won a series of elections in Egypt following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Hundreds of police and army personnel were killed since then.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Most of the terrorist operations were claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group. "They are not the ones wanted".

The jihadists have threatened to carry out further attacks on Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 90 million people.

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