Egyptian forces kill Mexican tourists in error

The insurgency mounted by ISIL's Egyptian affiliate has killed hundreds of security officers in Sinai [EPA}

Egypt’s police and military have killed 12 Mexicans and Egyptians and injured 10 others by accidentally shooting at a Mexican tourist convoy while engaging fighters in the country’s Western Desert, according to the interior ministry.

The ministry did not give the exact number of Mexicans killed, or indicate whether the vehicles were targeted by automatic weapons or aerial bombardment, in Sunday’s incident.

“On the 13th during a joint military police and armed forces operation chasing terrorist elements in Wahat in the Western Desert, four pick-up trucks carrying Mexican tourists were mistakenly dealt with,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

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

“The area they were in was off-limits to foreign tourists.”

Mexico’s foreign ministry confirmed that at least two nationals were killed in Sunday’s incident.Rasha Al Azaizi, spokesperson of Egypt’s ministry of tourism, also told Youm 7 news agency, that the group of tourists were in an unauthorised zone and had no permit to be where they were.

Al Azaizi said that the vehicles used were not legally licensed either, adding that the minister of tourism, Khaled Rami, is following up to the investigation and will hold accountable the company in charge of allowing them to drive through that area.

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Source: islamicnewsdaily

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