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Gunmen open fire on Barceló hotel in Cairo
thinkSPAIN , Friday, January 8, 2016

ARMED attackers have opened fire on a Spanish-owned hotel in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as well as aiming at a parked coach due to transport a group of tourists on a day trip.

Part of the Barceló chain, the hotel is based in the south-west of the city very close to the Pyramids of Giza, and its windows were shattered by the gunmen.

Only two people were on the coach – which was due to take Israeli tourists out for the day – and neither were hurt, although the windows also shattered and glass rained all over the seats inside.

Nobody was injured in the hotel shooting, according to a tweet by the Barceló chain, as it only affected the outside and no staff or guests were nearby at the time.

Hotel boss Sherif Mohammed said a group of '10 or 15 youths' gathered outside the building and started letting off firecrackers and 'trying to cause a disturbance'.

One of them was arrested and police are attempting to identify the others.

Mohammed says he believes it was an incident of vandalism rather than terrorism.

Although terrorist attacks in Egypt have increased since the military coup in July 2013 against the then fundamentalist Islamic president Mohammed Morsi, they are mainly aimed at police and armed State security personnel than the general public.

The only terrorist attack in that time which has been aimed specifically at a site popular with tourists was in June 2015 near Karnak temple in Luxor, in which both the attackers themselves were killed.

Two Tourist Police officers were also killed at a security checkpoint near the Pyramids of Giza in the same month.



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