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Swede in stable condition after being stabbed in Egypt

Published lördag 9 januari 2016 kl 10.13
Swede in stable condition after being stabbed in Egypt
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Photo: TAMER HASSAN / AFP / TT
A picture of the Bella Vista hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, after the hotel came under attack. Photo: TAMER HASSAN / AFP / TT

The 27-year-old Swede who was stabbed at a restaurant in Hurghada, Egypt, when two armed men waged an attack against the resort on Friday night, is in stable condition. 

Two Austrians were also injured in the attack, carried out by two men just before 8 PM Swedish time. No group has taken responsibility for the deed, but one of the attackers was killed by security forces and the other was taken into custody.

The Swedish man who was injured wrote on Facebook that he was at the hospital and had been stabbed four times, but that his condition was stable. 

He was stabbed while eating dinner with his father at a restaurant connected to the Bella Vista hotel at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, reports Swedish Radio News. According to his father, they hid under the table until the coast was clear and they could go to the hospital. 

Other tourists in Hurghada say it was a violent shooting, a Norwegian man says he saw a black flag with white lettering and according to certain reports from Egyptian intelligence services, a suicide belt with explosives was found, which could mean that there were plans to carry out a much bloodier attack. However, none of this information is confirmed, according to Swedish Radio News. 

Swedish travel organizers have a total of 640 Swedish tourists in the Hurghada area, the last so-called safe area in Egypt.

After the terrorist group IS took responsibility for blowing up a Russian airplane over the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el-Sheikh has become a ghost town, while cities like Cairo and Alexandria were already abandoned by tourists several years ago, due to violence resulting from political turbulence.

If yesterday's knife attack turns out to have been carried out by IS, it could be could be the last blow to the country's already struggling tourist industry.

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