Knife attacker kills two Ukrainian tourists in Egyptian resort

Gunmen kill five Egyptian police south of Cairo

Gunmen kill five Egyptian police south of Cairo

"A police officer who was near the site of the attack exchanged fire with the assailants forcing them to flee", the ministry statement said. The Reuters news agency said two Ukrainian nationals were dead.

The Ministry of Interior released a statement saying that six tourists were injured.

TWO tourists have been killed and at least four others injured after they were attacked by a knife-wielding assailant.

The attacker appears to have swum from a nearby public beach to gain access to the resort, officials say.

Hurghada is one of Egypt's most popular beach resorts, especially with Ukrainians and European tourists. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media. The motive for the attack is still under investigation.

No further details were available on the nationalities of the four surviving tourists.

Elsewhere on Friday, gunmen ambushed a checkpoint in Giza province south of Cairo, shooting and killing five policemen and setting their auto on fire.

He has been arrested and is being questioned by police.

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

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