The Supreme State Security Prosecutors' interrogation of the second defendant in Friday's attack on three tourists in Hurghada revealed that the first defendant, who was killed, and second defendant visited Hurghada a few days prior to the incident.
They left the resort and returned to it on Friday by bus. They rented an apartment in the Sheraton area and entered a famous supermarket in front of the hotel but did not find any tourists so they left, according to investigators.
They visited many areas in Hurghada looking for tourists to attack, but they could not find any. They decided to storm Bella Vista Hotel after they spotted tourists in the restaurant.
According to the investigation, the defendants were not able to travel abroad to join a jihadist organization so they decided to plan an attack in Hurghada.
The defendant said he met the first defendant through the Ultras White Knights, a football fan group.
The defendants came to Hurghada to target Russian tourists in revenge for Russian attacks in Syria, according to investigations.
The attack left two Austrian tourists and a Swedish tourist injured, said the Interior Ministry in a statement published on its official Facebook page. Security forces killed one of the armed men and injured the other.