Cairo - A
hotel on Egypt's Red Sea coast came under attack on Friday, leaving three
European tourists wounded before the security forces shot dead an assailant and
the second attack in as many days on holidaymakers in Egypt, where vital
tourist revenues have slumped since a Russian passenger jet plane crashed with
the Islamic State group claiming to have downed it.
official said security forces stopped the attack on the Bella Vista hotel in
the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, with one assailant killed and another
assailants were armed with knives when they attacked the hotel, police said.
to the interior ministry, the assailants entered the hotel from a restaurant on
the street front.
assailants infiltrated into the hotel through the restaurant that faces the
street and threatened clients with knives," an interior ministry statement
security forces "confronted them as they tried to flee", with one of
them killed, a student in his 20s, and the other seriously wounded.
tourists – two from Austria and one from Sweden – were "slightly
wounded", police said.
ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed told AFP they "have suffered knife
wounds but they are in stable condition".
agent whose works nearby told AFP that police evacuated the hotel while bomb
disposal experts entered the building to check for any explosives.
identity of the assailants was not immediately clear but Egypt has been roiled
by mainly jihadist violence since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed
Morsi in 2013.
attacks have largely focused on security forces in reprisal for a fierce
crackdown on Morsi supporters.
attack was the second in as many days against Egypt hotels.
Attacks claimed by ISIS
Thursday a gang of youths hurled fireworks and birdshot at a bus and police
guarding Cairo's Three Pyramids Hotel near the pyramids of Giza, without
hurting anyone, according to officials and witnesses.
security official said about 40 Arab Israelis were inside waiting to board a
bus when the attack occurred.
Islamic State group on Friday claimed responsibility for that attack.
claimed responsibility for downing a Russian passenger plane on October 31
after it took off from the airport of Sharm el-Sheikh, another Egyptian Red Sea
resort, killing all 224 people on board.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has dismissed the claim as
"propaganda" and promised a transparent probe into the Russian plane
promised that the government would support the tourism industry, a cornerstone
of Egypt's faltering economy.
Russian plane tragedy, major tourist operators suspended packages to Sharm
el-Sheikh and Hurghada, while Russia halted all flights to and from Egypt and
Britain suspended air links with Sharm el-Sheikh.
resorts which Egypt promoted as jewels of its tourism industry have attracted
millions of holidaymakers, including Russians, Britons and Italians, and are
famed for their pristine beaches and scuba diving.
tourism industry has been dealt several blows in 2015.
September, eight Mexican tourists were mistakenly killed by Egyptian security
forces in the vast Western Desert.
June, police foiled an attempted suicide bomb attack near the famed Karnak
temple in Luxor – one of Egypt's most popular heritage attractions – when 600
tourists were inside.
Egyptians were sentenced in November to life in prison for their involvement in
that failed attack, while two others were jailed for seven years.