3 foreigners injured in Egypt hotel attack

Cairo, Jan 9 (IANS) Three tourists, a Swedish and two Austrians, were injured in an attack on a hotel in Egypt’s Hurghada city late on Friday, media reports quoted Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou as saying.

An earlier report by state-run news agency Ahram-online said three gunmen stormed the Bella Vista Hotel used by foreign tourists in Hurghada, and injured at least two foreigners.

However, previous media reports were different on the nationalities of the wounded tourists, according to Xinhua news agency.

The Ahram-online quoted Khaled Megahed, a health ministry spokesperson, as saying two Swedish tourists were injured in the attack and are being treated in a nearby hospital, while some security sources said the wounded tourists were from Denmark and Germany.

According to eyewitnesses, two of the three gunmen were killed by security forces.

The attack came hours after Egyptian affiliate of Islamic State claimed responsibility for an armed attack on a tourist hotel in Cairo.

Egypt has witnessed a growing wave of anti-security attacks in revenge for the crackdown on Islamists after the army-led ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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