Gunman open fire on tourists at Egyptian resort

GUNMEN have opened fire at the entrance to a hotel used by foreign tourists in the Egyptian city of Hurghada, security sources have said.

Egyptian security officials say two suspected attackers have stabbed and wounded two foreign tourists at a hotel in the Red Sea resort city.

One of the tourists is believed to be from Denmark and the other from Germany, according to reports.

Officials say police opened fire at the attackers, killing one and wounding the other. It is not immediately clear how serious the condition of the tourists is.

The officials say policemen opened fire at the attackers, killing one - who was allegedly wearing a suicide belt - and wounding the other. It was not immediately clear how serious the condition of the tourists is.

The assailants had arrived by sea to launch the assault, the sources said.

It comes after the militant group Isis said on Friday that an attack on Israeli tourists in Cairo on Thursday was carried out by its fighters in response to a call by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to target Jews "everywhere".

Security sources said those tourists were Israeli Arabs. No one was was hurt and Egyptian authorities said the attack was focused on security forces.

Tourism, which is a cornerstone of the Egyptian economy, has been badly hit by years of political turmoil.

A Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai on 31 October, killing all 224 people on board, most of whom were tourists returning home from the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh.

Cairo says it has found no evidence of terrorism in the crash. Russia and Western governments have said the airliner was probably brought down by a bomb, and Islamic State said it had smuggled explosives on board.


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