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Tourists injured in knife attack

By Staff Reporter

Published 09/01/2016

Three foreign tourists have been injured after attackers armed with knives stormed into a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

The two attackers were killed by security forces at the four-star Bella Vista hotel.

The tourists - whose nationalities are not yet known - were stabbed but their wounds are not serious.

The assailants were aiming to kidnap tourists and one wore an explosive belt, Egyptian officials said.

Hurghada remains on high alert with all roads in and out closed off. Police forces are still searching for possible further attackers according to the authorities.

Bella Vista Hotel is popular with foreign tourists

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

That group said it downed a Russian plane which crashed near the popular Sharm El Sheikh resort in October with the loss of 224 lives.

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said they were "urgently investigating" the reports from Hurghada to see if any UK nationals were involved. 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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