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7 Killed, Dozen Wounded in Attack on Egypt's Swiss Inn Resort

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | November 24, 2015

7 Killed, Dozen Wounded in Attack on Egypt's Swiss Inn Resort

At least seven people were killed and a dozen more wounded Tuesday when militants launched an attack on a hotel in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which saw three militants raid the Swiss Inn Resort in El Arish with explosives and firearms early Tuesday.

According to a military statement obtained by the Journal, a suicide bomber attempted to drive an explosive-laden vehicle into the hotel but was shot by police, causing the vehicle to detonate.

Another suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest was killed by security forces in the hotel's kitchen, while the third attacker gained access to rooms and fired shots at random hotel guests. All three attackers were killed in the siege.

The hotel was housing several judges who were there to supervise voting in the country's parliamentary elections. At least one judge and one prosecutor were among the victims. Two policemen were also killed in the attack.

Civilians, security and army personnel were among the wounded. 

Situated along the Mediterranean Coast, the five-star, 221-room Swiss Inn Resort is located approximately 213 miles northeast of Egypt's capital city of Cairo.

Tuesday's violence comes just days after militants killed 22 people in a similar attack on the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel in the African nation of Mali.


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