Shark 'sent to Egypt by Mossad'
An Egyptian official has claimed that a shark that killed one person and left four others injured in Egypt could have been placed there by agents from Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.
Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, the regional governor, claimed it was not "out of the question" that Israel could have planned the attacks on tourists to dent the Egyptian economy.
He said: "What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark in the sea to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question. But it needs time to confirm."
The comments, reported in The Sun, came after officials were criticised for reopening the beach at Sharm el Sheikh following the initial attacks, the day before a German snorkeller was killed by the shark.
Zuhair Garana, the tourism minister, said before the incident: "Diving is being allowed. We are advised that sharks will not attack divers. I cannot say that deep waters are completely secure but shallow waters are 100 per cent safe."
Tourism firms Thomson and First Choice have cancelled all planned boat trips and watersports, and advised customers not to go into the sea.
The shark suspected of carrying out the attacks was identified yesterday in photographs taken minutes before one of the previous attacks.
Scientists claimed its aggression against humans could be down to sensory damage, leaving it unable to tell the difference between humans and fish.
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