CAIRO: Officials at the British and Belgium foreign ministries praised Saturday efforts of the Egyptian security forces in dealing with the Friday terrorist attack that targeted a hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
“Well done Egypt, promptly ended yesterday’s attack-confirm no Brits involved,” Tobias Ellwood, UK Foreign Minister for Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and Counter-terrorism posted on his twitter account Saturday. He has offered his thoughts with all those caught up in this “horrific event.”
Two attack targeted tourists in a restaurant outside Bella Vista Hotel in Hurghada Friday evening, stabbing three tourists (two Austrians and a Swedish) who are currently in stable condition, AP reported. Egyptian security forces killed one of the assailants, while the second was severely injured.
Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders condemned Hurghada attack, welcoming “swift reaction of Egyptian authorities,” calling upon Belgium tourists to be more cautious.
On Thursday, a group of men opened fire at a security post at a hotel in Giza, leaving Arab Israeli tourists who were leaving the hotel at the time, terrified, but caused no injuries. The Islamic State (IS) group reportedly claimed their responsibility for the attack, allegedly in response to their leader’s calls to target Jews, according to Reuters.