The Egyptian Police has confirmed the death of a German tourist in the country. He was killed in a rare shark attack off the Red Sea resort on Sunday.
The shark reportedly bit off the 52-year-old man’s leg at the knee.
The attack, which took place off the coastal city al-Qusair, is the first of such incident in five years.
The specie of shark that carried out the attack has not been confirmed. A spate of attacks in 2010 that also led to one death was believed to have been carried out by an oceanic white tip.
Those attacks forced the closure of part of the major resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for a week. The area that saw Sunday’s attack witnessed another in 2009 that killed a Frenchwoman.
The German embassy in Cairo said it has been informed of the latest death but could not comment further.
Egypt is one of the world’s leading diving destinations.
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