12 people killed after Egyptian military mistakenly shot at tourist convoy

12 people killed after Egyptian military mistakenly shot at tourist convoy

12 Mexicans and Egyptians have been accidentally killed by Egypt’s police and military, according to the Interior Ministry.

It says 12 people were killed and a further 10 injured, when authorities shot at a Mexican tourist convoy¬† whilst engaging militants in the country’s western desert.

“A joint force from the police and military, whilst chasing terrorist elements in the oasis area of the western desert tonight, accidentally engaged four four-wheel drives belonging to a Mexican tourist group,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The incident led to the death of 12 and wounding of 10 Mexicans and Egyptians.”

The ministry says the area was known to be off limits, and an investigation is now underway to determine how and why the tourists entered the area.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has condemned the shooting, and has called for a full investigation.

Mexico’s foreign ministry has released a statement confirming the death of two Mexican citizens, and says five other Mexicans are in hospital in a stable condition.

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