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Egyptian security forces kill 8 Mexican tourists after they thought they were terrorists

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EGYPT:

Since President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt was ousted in 2013, tensions have been very high in Egypt.

Riot police and soldiers from the army take up positions

Accident: A stock image of Egyptian police and soldiers taking up positions

At least 12 tourists have been mistakenly killed and 10 others injured by members of the Egyptian police and army who accidentally shot them after they thought they were terrorists.

The latest incident happened when shots were fired while authorities were engaging militants in the country's western desert according to source

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi throw stones during clashes with security forces in Cairo on August 14, 2013

Unrest: Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi throw stones
during clashes with security forces in Cairo on August 14, 2013

Egypt has not said what weapons were used in the attack on Sunday September 13, 2015, but six Mexican survivors told the ambassador to Egypt that they had stopped for a meal when they 'suffered an aerial attack with bombs launched by a plane and helicopters.'

Mexican ambassador Jorge Alvarez met with five Mexicans who were in stable condition in hospital,

 

Egypt is battling an insurgency that gained pace after the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt is battling an insurgency that gained pace after the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood


Mexico's foreign ministry said.

Egypt's tourism ministry spokesman told state news agency MENA the convoy was at an off-limits site and was using unlicensed cars.

The convoy was taking part in an unapproved safari, he said.

The tour company involved 'did not have permits and did not inform authorities,' Rasha Azazi, a spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, adding that any trips to the Farafra area were required to be cleared by officials.

'They were not supposed to be there,' she said, but could not provide further information on the circumstances of the shooting.

 

Photos below

Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, while chasing jihadists after four pick-up trucks travelling in convoy were targeted in the desert

A member of the Egyptian police forces stands guard outside the Dar al-Fouad Hospital where injured tourists were rushed after security forces opened fire on them by mistake

 


Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the attack on his Twitter account, describing it as a tragic incident and demanding a full investigation.

 

'Mexico condemns these deeds against our citizens and has demanded an exhaustive investigation of what has occurred,' he tweeted.


Travel warning

According to Safetravel, “There is an ongoing threat from terrorism throughout Egypt.  There has been a recent increase in terrorist activity and we continue to receive reports that terrorist groups are planning attacks in Egypt, including to specifically target tourists and tourist areas.

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Egypt, including the Sharm el Sheikh resort areas and the Siwa Oasis, due to the unpredictable political situation, civil unrest and threat from terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel”

Sources: Mirror, Dailymail

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