Egyptian security forces have accidentally shot at a Mexican tourist convoy, killing 12 people & injuring 10 others.
Egypt's interior ministry said police & military forces were pursuing "terrorist" militants in the country's western desert when the incident happened.
"A joint force from the police & military, whilst chasingÂ terrorist elements in the oasis area of the western desertÂ tonight, accidentally engaged four four-wheel drives belongingÂ to a Mexican tourist group," the ministry said in a statement.
"The incident resulted in the death of 12 Mexicans andÂ Egyptians & the injury of 10 others who have been transferredÂ to hospitals."
Rasha Azazi, spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, said the tour company "did not have permits & did not inform authorities".
She said trips to the Farafra area are meant to be cleared by officials & "they were not supposed to be there".
Mexico's foreign ministry confirmed that two of the dead are from Mexico, yet had no other details on deaths or injuries.
Jorge Alvarez Fuentes, Mexico's ambassador to Egypt, had been at a Cairo hospital interviewing survivors.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the attack on his Twitter account, describing it as a tragic incident.
He has demanded a full investigation.
Egypt has battled an Islamic insurgency in northern Sinai for many years yet attacks spread to the mainland after the ousting of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.
Source: “Sky News”