Egypt hotel attack victims are stable, witness recounts ordeal


By Haitham El-Tabei, AFP

HURGHADA, Egypt — Three European holidaymakers wounded in an attack in an Egyptian resort were in stable condition on Saturday, as a witness recounted how the assailants burst into the hotel and stabbed guests. An elderly Austrian couple and a young Swedish man were hospitalized after the assault on Friday at the Bella Vista hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said the assailants appeared to have been acting alone, while the hotel described them as “drugged young men.” Police shot dead one of the knife-wielding attackers and wounded another, saying one of them was also carrying a “sound gun.” A Swedish man who identified himself as the father of one of the victims, 27-year-old Sammie Olousson, said they were sitting in the hotel restaurant when the assailants burst in and stabbed his son. “My son and me were eating in the restaurant and having a discussion,” he told AFP in the Hurghada hospital. The two men rushed into the restaurant “very fast,” he said. “They took knives and they tried to get Sammie here,” he said, pointing to his chest. “Then (they) said ‘down on the floor’ and we do that,” he said, adding that he told his son, who was bleeding, not to move.

“I get up two times and they stayed there with the guns. When I got up later on they were not here,” he said, speaking in English. On its Facebook page, the hotel posted pictures of the two other victims, spelled in hospital records as Renata Weisslen and Wilhem Weislan, both smiling. “They are ok now. God bless them. God bless Egypt,” it said in a post. A doctor at the hospital told AFP they were a couple, both 72. Zazou told AFP that the two attackers were “not part of an organization.”