Two ISIS Jihadi armed with a gun, knives and a suicide belt have reportedly stormed a hotel in the Red Sea city of Hurghada, one of Egypt’s most popular tourist resorts. Three tourists at the entrance of a hotel in an Egyptian Red Sea resort.
Security forces said the Jihadi arrived by sea to launch the onslaught on the beachside Bella Vista Hotel, in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. They claimed to have killed an attacker wearing a suicide bomb, and have seriously wounded a second armed with a knife. More after the cut…..
The two attackers entered the hotel’s outdoor restaurant at the front of the building and attacked the tourists. The attackers were reportedly carrying black flags with the shahada, the Muslim testament of faith, written it white, commonly used by ISIS Jihadi. Egyptian authorities today said the dead attacker was a 21-year-old student from the Cairo neighbourhood of Giza as video emerged of his accomplice being interrogated in the aftermath.
The video, which was posted to Facebook and picked up by Egyptian media allegedly shows the wounded attacker being questioned while lying bloody and bandaged on the floor. He is filmed wearing only his boxers and moaning in pain as men with medical gloves slap his face and attempt to give him CPR despite his being conscious.
‘Where are you from?’, they ask. ‘What’s your name, your name!?’’How old are you? 31? 30?’ one man asks
Throughout the man appears confused as he tries to answer their questions. All three wounded tourists, reportedly two Austrians and a Swede, were taken to hospital, where one was treated and discharged, the security statement said. Security officials had initially said the attackers wounded two tourists, a Dane and a German, but such discrepancies are common in the immediate aftermath of terror attacks.
A member of the hotel’s management staff who witnessed the incident told AP that said the attackers sneaked into the Bella Vista from a hotel next door, accessing the facility from the beach. The slain attacker, he said, appeared to want to take a female tourist hostage, dragging her into the hotel’s lobby with his knife held against her neck when he was shot dead by a policeman.
The attack came just hours after the local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack a day earlier on a hotel in Cairo near the Giza Pyramids. No one was hurt in the Thursday attack. British couple Kyle Hadden, 24, and Mark Higgins, 43, arrived in Hurghada just hours before the attack.