Egyptian Army aircraft chasing for militants in the desert erroneously bombarded an escort of mostly Mexican tourists, killing 12 people and injuring 10, authorities said on Monday.
Two of the deceased were Mexicans and 10 were Egyptians, while 10 other tourists were injured in the incident.
Survivors said their group was bombed from a plane and helicopters. A member from the tourist escort attempted to escape, additional forces on the ground fired on them, Egyptian security sources said.
A joint team including Egyptian police and military were pursuing the Isis men in the nation’s vast western desert bordering Libya, when the counter-terror unit came across the tourists’ convoy.
Mistaking the four tourist vehicles to be that of terrorists, the security forces opened fire, the Egyptian interior ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.
The incident sparked an uproar in Mexico. President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the attack and demanded an “exhaustive investigation”.
“Mexico condemns these deeds against our citizens and has demanded an exhaustive investigation of what has occurred,” Nieto posted on his official Twitter account.
According to BBC, Egypt has now set up a special investigative team to probe the incident. The report citing local sources said that the tourists were fired upon from an Apache helicopter.
However, Egypt has claimed that the tourists had “illegally” entered the zone as it was a prohibited area, The Guardian reported.
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Three arrested with tiger hides
KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.
The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.
All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.Follow @gorkhapost