An Egyptian man stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded four others on Friday at a popular seaside vacation spot on the Red Sea, after apparently searching out foreigners to attack, officials and witnesses said.
The knifeman killed the two German women and wounded two other tourists at the Zahabia hotel in Hurghada, then swam to a neighbouring beach to attack at least two more people at the Sunny Days El Palacio resort before being caught by staff and arrested, officials and security sources said.
It was the first major attack on foreign tourists since a similar assault on the same resort more than a year ago, and comes as Egypt struggles to revive a tourism industry hurt by security threats and years of political upheaval.
"He had a knife with him and stabbed each of them three times in the chest. They died on the beach," the security manager at the El Palacio hotel, Saud Abdelaziz, told Reuters.
"He jumped a wall between the hotels and swam to the other beach."
Abdelaziz said two of the injured were Czech and two Armenian, but other officials said one of the women was Russian. They were being treated a local hospital. The Czech Foreign Ministry tweeted that one Czech woman had sustained a minor leg injury.
The German Foreign Ministry said it had no definite information, but could not rule out that German citizens were among the victims. The German Embassy in Cairo was working closely with the authorities, a ministry spokesman said. he attacker's motive was still under investigation, the Interior Ministry said.
"He was looking for foreigners and he didn't want any Egyptians," said one member of staff at the Zahabia Hotel.
Egypt is fighting Islamist insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula, where they mainly target security forces, but militants have also attacked tourist targets in the past, as well as Coptic Christians and churches.
Hurghada, some 400 km (250 miles) south of the capital Cairo, is one of Egypt's most popular vacation spots on the Red Sea. In January 2016, two assailants armed with a gun, a knife and a suicide belt landed on the beach of a hotel in Hurghada, and wounded two foreign tourists. Egypt has been hoping that investments in airport security and the cheaper Egyptian pound will bring tourist visits to its beaches and ancient sites back up to levels seen before its 2011 uprising.
The industry, a crucial source of hard currency, has struggled since then with years of political turmoil and mass protests, as well as the fallout from the crash of a jet taking Russian holidaymakers home from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in October 2015, in which 224 people died. Islamic State said it had brought the plane down with a bomb.
Friday's attack came on a day that five policemen were killed by gunmen on a motorbike who ambushed their car just south of Cairo.
The just-refurbished 60,000-seater national stadium in Dar es Salaam is on Thursday expected to fill to capacity when 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia face English Premiership side Everton in a ground-breaking pre-season friendly. After days of anxiety among fans, Everton striker Wayne Rooney and his teammates arrived in Tanzania on Wednesday.
The England captain is returning to Everton, where he began playing football, after recently ending a long and illustrious career at EPL giants Manchester United. The Toffees touched down at Julius Nyerere International Airport at 9am to a warm welcome for one of their players, Congolese Yannick Bolasie.
Bolasie, who is recovering from a serious knee injury, is one of the team's key players. Even though he is unlikely to play again until Christmas after undergoing two operations to repair his meniscus and cruciate ligament respectively, he was the player many soccer fans most wanted to see. Tens of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fans living in Tanzania struggled to have a glimpse of the player.
Two buses ferried the "Bolasie Fan Club" flag-waving fans with a motorcyclist parading a Yannick Bolasie flag. A three-wheeled scooter waved a "Team Yannick Bolasie" flag. The Congolese winger has made 31 appearances and scored eight goals for the DR Congo.
International midfielder Ross Barkley was a notable absentee when the team touched down at the airport with his future at the club still unclear in the wake of a contractual stand-off. Still, a galaxy of star players--including centre-back Ashley Williams, winger Aaron Lennon and new signings Michael Keane, Davy Klaasen and Rooney--were part of the contingent.
Everton defender Leighton Baines said they were excited to experience what Tanzania has to offer during their three-day tour of the East African country.
"We received a very warm welcome," said Baines. "It is very interesting for us as the Maasai welcome is not something we see at home. We will train today (yesterday) and are looking forward to a thrilling game tomorrow (Thursday).
"But it's mostly about fitness at this point as we've only been back just over a week. It will be a good exercise for us and, hopefully, Tanzanian soccer fans will turn out and enjoy it."
Gor Mahia have been in the Indian Ocean coastal city since Tuesday. K'Ogalo's centre-back Harun Shakava, featured in the SportPesa All Stars loss to a developmental Hull City in England in February, enthused at the opportunity to play an English club for the second time in a year.
"We'll try and contain our excitement, and play the best we can," said Shakava.
"This is a big game but we are not fazed by the opportunity of playing against Rooney."
The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel Arrion, says EU will not increase its financial assistance to Nigeria.
Mr. Arrion made this known in Abuja while delivering a Distinguished Lecture organised by the IBB Golf Club, with the theme "40 years of European union in Nigeria: Lessons learned and the way forward". The ambassador who said that EU was not promising further assistance to Nigeria however said that Nigeria remains EU key partner in view of the role it plays in global affairs. The envoy also stressed that the Union would scale up its efforts towards the country's institutional, political and economic development for a more prosperous future.
He said that Nigeria could not be said to be poor, as it has enough resources to meet its developmental needs. While expressing concern on the economic level of the country, Mr. Arrion called for a more equitable distribution of the nation's wealth to ensure growth and stability and unleash its enormous economic potentials. He explained that the combined aide to Nigeria was about ten per cent of the country's annual budget.
According to him, the Official Development Assistance (ODA) flow in Nigeria is about 2.5 billion dollars yearly, which corresponds roughly to about 10 per cent of the federal budget (N7.3 trillion or $24 billion).
This, he said, has raised the question of should EU continue to give aide to Nigeria?
"We are not offering more financial support, we are proposing more political and policy dialogue, technical assistance, capacity building, training, transfer of technology.
We also proposing more advocacies for more private investments and other innovative sources of funding," the EU envoy said. The envoy therefore called for improving in tax collection to finance the development of the country. According to him, Nigeria must find alternative funding to ODA including improved tax collection which must be improved at least five times more and also spend better.
Quoting Price Water Cooper (PwC 2016), he said: "Nigeria collects about N5.5 trillion or 18 billion dollars per year.
"About 10 million people (10 per cent of adult population) are registered for personal income tax (half of them in Lagos).
"The rate of VAT compliance by registered entities is about 12 per cent. The rate is lower for corporate income tax nine per cent."
He also said Nigeria must attract more foreign investment, five times more, to reach the level of Angola or Vietnam for instance and put in place more and better Public Private Partnerships. Mr. Arrion said the evolution of vibrant relationship of equal partners between Nigeria and the EU was founded on shares values and aspirations and mutual trust.
According to him, the EU in its 40 years of engagement with Nigeria has identified development priorities, funded projects to stimulate the Nigeria's economy, reduce hunger and disease. He said that the union had also helped to enhance institutional capacities, strengthen governance and fight insecurity in Nigeria.