Egyptian security forces mistakenly kill 12, including Mexican tourists

Egyptian security forces

Egyptian security forces killed 12 Mexicans and Egyptians by accident, after mistaking a tourist convoy for militants they were chasing in the country’s western desert.

At least two Mexicans were killed, Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

A statement from the official Facebook page of Egypt’s Ministry of Interior said the tourists entered a “banned area” in the Wahat area of the Western Desert, traveling in four buses.

A joint force from the Egyptian police and military was chasing militants in the country’s vast western desert, which borders Libya, when it inadvertently opened fire on the convoy, the ministry of interior said.

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The convoy was made up of four four-wheel drive vehicles, the Egyptian interior ministry said.

There will be an investigation into how and why the tourists entered an off-limits area.

Ten people were injured in the incident.

RTE

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