Egypt security forces accidentally kill Mexican tourists

Egyptian army soldiers inspect the site of a 2014 attack in the Western Desert

Egyptian army soldiers inspect the site of a 2014 attack in the Western Desert

Egyptian security forces killed 12 Mexicans and Egyptians and injured 10 “by accident” on Monday, mistaking a tourist convoy for militants they were chasing in the country’s western desert, the ministry of interior said.

At least two Mexicans were killed, Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

A joint force from the Egyptian police and military was chasing militants in the country’s vast western desert, which borders Libya, when it inadvertently opened fire on the convoy.

The convoy was made up of four four-wheel drive vehicles, the Egyptian interior ministry said in a statement, and there will be an investigation into how and why the tourists entered an off-limits area.

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

  • canminuteman

    So the “tourists” were in an off limits area. It was probably an area considered a free fire zone by the security forces. The incident sounds rather strange to me.

    Perhaps the Egyptians thought they were illegal aliens and thought it was better to nip the problem in the bud before they become like the US.

    • It is bizarre.

    • Exile1981

      The mexicans are so used to just crossing the US border with out consequences they likely didn’t see any reason to obey these border signs.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Can you imagine if this happened in Israel? There would be riots across the world, the UN would have already passed 1000 resolutions, there would be economic embargoes, there would be calls from the highest levels of European governments, for another Holocaust.

  • African

    Mexicans themselves are evil narco-terrorists who behead their victims and commit mass-murder.

  • BitterClinger

    And not a single fuck is given by me.

  • tom_billesley

    It does seem strange. A cartel mission to globalize the people trafficking business?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Egyptian military — doing the job Americans won’t do.

  • Arnie Keller

    Doing the jobs Americans won’t do? (Sorry—didn’t see Norman’s post until I sent this.)

  • Waffle

    Just wondering what the tourist attractions are in the western desert — don’t think there are any pyramids out there.

    • David Murrell

      Tourists can see the Egyptian army in action.

  • Waffle

    The incident took place near the Bayariya Oasis, a tourist site in the Western Desert according to the official tourist site:

    However, it begs the question — who the hell goes sightseeing in any m/e country today?