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Egyptian security forces shoot at Mexican tourist convoy, kill 12

Egyptian security forces shoot at Mexican tourist convoy, kill 12.

At least 12 people were killed and 10 injured in Egypt's southwestern desert
Sunday when armed forces mistakenly fired on a group of Mexican tourists,
Egyptian officials said Sunday.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident late Sunday and said at
least two of the dead were Mexican nationals. It said in a statement that the
victims were still being identified, and Foreign Ministry personnel were working
with the families of the victims.

The Egyptian ministry said that police and armed forces were pursuing
terrorist elements in the area and fired on four cars that turned out to be
carrying tourists. The ministry said the victims were Mexican and Egyptian.

Jorge Alvarez Fuentes, Mexico's ambassador to Egypt, and consular
representatives were at the el Hospital Dar-el-Fouad in suburban Cairo to attend
to the victims, and Alvarez had interviewed five survivors, according to the
Foreign Ministry statement. It did not provide details of what the survivors

Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu was in contact with Egypt's ambassador
to Mexico and demanded a thorough investigation into and explanation of what
happened, the statement said. She also demanded the support of Egyptian
authorities for Mexican nationals being transported to Cairo.

Egypt has been battling an Islamic insurgency in northern Sinai for years,
but attacks mainly targeting the army and police escalated and spread to the
mainland after the July 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed
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