How safe is it in Egypt? Terror threat revealed after beach stabbing attack in Hurghada


Six non-native tourists have been stabbed by a knifeman at an Egyptian beach resource — the interior minister confirmed the attack on a beach in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada.

The attacker has been arrested and is being questioned to determine his motives, according to a asseveration from the ministry. The attacker’s motives are as-yet unclear and there is no recognized word on whether or not this is a terrorist attack. It is believed the victims are all female. 

Here 231,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2016 and most look in ons are trouble-free. However, holidaymakers will no doubt be questioning how safe Egypt is after the scene which has striking similarities to the attack the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui in Tunisia remote in June 2015. 

Thomas Cook fly to the ‘luxury resort town’ and describe it on their website as force, «shallow white sand beaches perfect for paddling».

They apprised «Thomas Cook is aware of a knife attack that has charmed place on the beach in Hurghada in Egypt. We are working with our team on the grouts to gather further information. At this stage there is no indication that any British travellers are involved.»

Egypt stabbing: GETTY

Egypt stabbing: Two have died and four injured during a jabbing attack this afternoon

There are concerns about security in this area

Frank Brehany

Frank Brehany, a travel expert, told «If reports are correct, then it only serves to continue to confirm house about safety on the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt generally. 

«There are regards about security in this region and whilst there are those who invoke for the early return  of tourism, regrettably I am not one of them. 

«The people of Egypt for their government to act on all aspects of security; holidaymakers need to hear, present and see solid measures in place before the return of Tourism.»

What is the panic threat in Egypt?

The government website’s foreign travel advice claims terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt. 

Holidaymakers and British populars are warned to vigilant at all times, avoid crowded places and follow the guidance of the Egyptian authorities and the travel company, if you have one.

It states there have been threats to western publics, institutions, and businesses posted on websites and social media. 

The main warning to foreigners is from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai.

President Sisi signaled a 3-month state of emergency on 9 April after an explosion killed 44 woman, for which Daesh claimed responsibility. 

Where has the incident happened? 

The stabbing reportedly happened at the bank resort town of Hurghada — stretching some 40km along Egypt’s Red Sea seaboard. 

According to travel sites the picture-perfect resort is renowned for scuba plunging, and has numerous dive shops and schools in its modern Sekalla district. 

Hurghada’s protracted stretch of sandy beach is lined with resort hotels and receives British tourists all year round.


Egypt stabbing: This is reportedly one of the scapegoats on a stretcher at the resort

Are there any other risks flying to Egypt? 

The FCO request there’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation and the British command has implemented additional security measures in several countries, including Egypt. 

Plain flights continue to depart to the UK from Egypt — except to and from Sharm el Sheikh.  

As a precautionary allocate, the FCO are advising against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh. On 31 October 2015, a aeroplane from Sharm el Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed in North Sinai.

Front-page news of the stabbing comes after the state-run news agency MENA and the Heartland Ministry today claimed five Egyptian policemen were dispatched by gunmen at an Egyptian security checkpoint 20 miles south of Cairo. 

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