French Tourist Killed in Shooting in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

42-year-old French national dies when Bedouin robbers open fire at a currency exchange in Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh; German tourist, two Egyptians wounded in incident.

A French tourist was killed in a shooting in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday after a group of Bedouins opened fire while trying to rob a currency exchange, police said Saturday.

Two police officials said the 42-year-old man died immediately from gunshot wounds to the stomach and thigh.

Sharm el-Sheikh Dec. 8, 2010 (AP)
Tourists walk on the beach in Sharm el-Sheikh, December 2010.AP

They said the gunmen began shooting after police arrived on the scene and tried to stop them from robbing the money exchange. A German tourist and two Egyptians were also wounded, the officials said.

The gunmen escaped with an unknown amount of money.

Sharm el-Sheikh, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Cairo, is a popular tourist destination.