Official: 2 tourists slain in Egypt were German

FILE - In this file picture taken Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, tourists walk on the Giftun Island beach as the sun sets over the Red Sea in Hurghada, Egypt. Egypt's Interior Ministry said Friday, July 14, 2017 six foreign tourists, of various nationalities, were wounded when a man attacked them with a knife in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. The ministry says the assailant was arrested immediately after the stabbings on Friday. It says the initial investigation shows the man sneaked into a hotel by swimming from a nearby beach and stabbed the tourists. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

An Egyptian security official says the two tourists who were stabbed to death in a Red Sea resort were German, not Ukrainian as previously said.

The official says that four other foreigners were wounded in Friday’s attack at a hotel in the Egyptian resort of Hurghada.

He also says the wounded included citizens of Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Earlier, another security official had said that the wounded were from Serbia and Poland.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.

The contradictory information reflects the confusion in the immediate aftermath of the attack involving foreigners in one of Egypt’s most popular resorts.

In Germany, the foreign ministry said it “cannot rule out” that German citizens were among the victims, but that it doesn’t yet have that information. The German Embassy in Cairo is in close contact with Egyptian authorities to clear that up.

—Maggie Michael in Cairo.

___

5:55 p.m.

An Egyptian security official says the assailant who stabbed two Ukrainian tourists to death and wounded four other foreigners in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada was intentionally looking to attack foreigners.

The official says the attacker is a young man in his twenties and he is said to have shouted in Arabic during the attack on Friday: “Stay away, I don’t want Egyptians.”

The official says the man was dressed in a black T-Shirt and blue jeans and carried a knife. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.

The Interior Ministry has said that the attacker, who sneaked into the hotel by swimming up from a nearby beach, was immediately arrested.

His identity hasn’t been disclosed yet.

—Maggie Michael in Cairo.

___

4:50 p.m.

An Egyptian security official says two Ukrainian female tourists who were among the six wounded in a stabbing attack in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Hurghada have died.

The official says the two women died shortly after the attack on Friday. The attacker stabbed six foreign tourists at a Hurghada hotel after swimming up to the hotel from another beach.

The official gave no further details on the four wounded. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.

Earlier, the Interior Ministry said that the assailant was arrested immediately after the stabbings.

—Maggie Michael in Cairo.

___

4:30 p.m.

An Egyptian security official says the six foreign tourists stabbed in an attack in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada include three from Serbia, two from Ukraine and one from Poland.

The official says the attacker stabbed the tourists in the face, neck, and feet. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.

He did not provide more details.

Earlier, the Interior Ministry said the assailant was arrested immediately after Friday’s stabbings. It says the initial investigation shows the man sneaked into a hotel by swimming from a nearby beach and attacked the tourists. The motive for his attack was not known.

___

4 p.m.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says six foreign tourists, of different nationalities, were wounded when a man attacked them with a knife in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

The ministry says the assailant was arrested immediately after the stabbings on Friday. It says the initial investigation shows the man sneaked into a hotel by swimming from a nearby beach and attacked the tourists. The motive for his attack was not known.

The ministry says the tourists were rushed to a local hospital. It gave no further details and did not provide the nationalities of the tourists.

The attack came hours after five policemen were shot to death in Cairo’s twin city of Giza when suspected Islamic militants opened fire on their vehicle early in the morning.

___

11 a.m.

Egypt’s state-run news agency says gunmen have attacked a security checkpoint in Cairo, killing five security forces.

MENA quotes an Interior Ministry statement as saying the gunmen attacked the checkpoint Friday in the Badrashin area in Giza, part of Greater Cairo.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Insurgents have carried out a number of attacks in Egypt since the 2013 military ouster of an elected Islamist president. The violence has been concentrated in the northern Sinai Peninsula, but there have also been several attacks on the mainland, including in the capital.

The shadowy group Hasm, believed to be affiliated to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, has claimed responsibility for similar attacks.