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Hurghada Attacker Told Egyptians: I Do not Target You | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Egyptian Ahmed Abdullah, Governor the Red Sea, visits injured tourists in hospital. (AFP)

Cairo – Eyewitnesses in the city of Hurghada said that the knifeman, who killed two German tourists on Friday, told Egyptians who were present at the scene before he committed his crime that he was not targeting them.

“I do not target you… I am here to perform a specific mission,” the eyewitnesses quoted him as saying.

The witnesses told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Egyptian authorities lifted on Saturday security measures at the entrances of hotels and beaches in the famous touristic city.

On Friday, an Egyptian man stabbed to death two German tourists and wounded four others at two separate beach resorts in the city of Hurghada near the Red Sea.

The knifeman stabbed to death the two tourists at the beach, then swam to a nearby beach resort and stabbed two others, injuring an Armenian women and a Czech national.

No party claimed responsibility for the attack, but security sources confirmed that the attacker belongs to the terrorist ISIS organization.

They said the knifeman is a student identified as Abdel-Rahman Shaaban Abu Qura, 28, as shown on his identity card.

Abu Qura communicated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria via the internet, and he was given the task to carry out the attack against foreign tourists in Hurghada.

However, the High State Security Prosecution, which is investigating the incident, said the motive for the attack was still unclear.

“It has not been proven to the prosecution if it was an isolated attack or a criminal or terrorist incident,” the Security Prosecution said in a statement.

Separately, two terrorist members involved in the terrorist attack that targeted on Friday morning a police vehicle in the village of Abusir in Badrashin, were killed.

Later on Saturday, an Egyptian man broke into a church in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, forcing a security guard to prevent him from going any further.

The man then stabbed and wounded the guard using a razor blade. Egyptian authorities later announced they have arrested the attacker.