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Mexican tourists “mistakenly dealt with” on Sunday
Security forces in Egypt have killed 12 people including Mexican tourists, mistaking them for terrorists. The group had entered a restricted zone, the country’s interior ministry says.
The tourists were driving in four vehicles through the western-central Wahat area of the vast Western Desert. Another ten people, also Mexicans and Egyptians, were injured and were taken to hospital. The ministry has promised a full investigation.
The four vehicles were “mistakenly dealt with” on Sunday during a joint military police and armed forces operation, the interior ministry statement reads. The area is supposed to be “off limits to foreign tourists”, though a precise location was not given.
The tour company taking the tourists “did not have permits and did not inform the authorities”, Rasha Azaz, a tourism ministry spokesman, told Associated Press.
A group claiming to be affiliated with Islamic State said it was present at the time in Farafra. It is likely the security forces mistook the tourists for these terrorists.
BBC / AP

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