A shark killed a German tourist who had been swimming near the shore at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday, days after a string of attacks injured several divers, Egyptian health officials said.

The body of the 70-year-old woman was washed onto the shore. Officials said she had lost her right thigh and right elbow.

Egypt imposed a 48-hour ban on swimming in part of the waters off Sharm el-Sheikh after four divers – three Russians and a Ukrainian – were injured by shark attacks last week.

It was unclear whether the woman, who has not been named, was inside the area where swimming had been banned.

Shark attacks are extremely rare in Sharm el-Sheikh, one of Egypt’s most popular holiday destinations; but international media attention raised concerns they may affect tourism, an important source of employment and foreign exchange.

“It is unusual to have four attacks in a week,” said Rolf Schmid, manager of the Sinai Diver’s Centre.

“The attack happened in a shallow area called Middle Garden north of Naama Bay, and the whole area hasn’t had sharks for the past 10 to 15 years.”

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