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At least 12 Mexican tourists killed in Egyptian desert after armed forces attack

  • Egyptian police officers direct people as ambulances carrying Egyptian victims of Sunday's incident in which Egyptian forces mistakenly opened fire on tourists in the western desert, arrive at a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12 people and dealing a further blow to the government's efforts to project an image of stability as it fights an increasingly powerful insurgency, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)

    Egyptian police officers direct people as ambulances carrying Egyptian victims of Sunday's incident in which Egyptian forces mistakenly opened fire on tourists in the western desert, arrive at a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12 people and dealing a further blow to the government's efforts to project an image of stability as it fights an increasingly powerful insurgency, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)  (The Associated Press)

  • A funeral vehicle carrying an Egyptian victim of Sunday's incident in which Egyptian forces mistakenly opened fire on tourists in the western desert, arrives at a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12 people and dealing a further blow to the government's efforts to project an image of stability as it fights an increasingly powerful insurgency, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)

    A funeral vehicle carrying an Egyptian victim of Sunday's incident in which Egyptian forces mistakenly opened fire on tourists in the western desert, arrives at a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12 people and dealing a further blow to the government's efforts to project an image of stability as it fights an increasingly powerful insurgency, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)  (The Associated Press)

  • An ambulance carrying an Egyptian victim of Sunday's incident in which Egyptian forces mistakenly opened fire on tourists in the western desert, arrives at a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12 people and dealing a further blow to the government's efforts to project an image of stability as it fights an increasingly powerful insurgency, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)

    An ambulance carrying an Egyptian victim of Sunday's incident in which Egyptian forces mistakenly opened fire on tourists in the western desert, arrives at a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12 people and dealing a further blow to the government's efforts to project an image of stability as it fights an increasingly powerful insurgency, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)  (The Associated Press)

The Egyptian Interior Ministry says 12 tourists were killed and 10 injured in shooting in the western desert.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry says it has confirmed that two of the dead are from Mexico, but had no other details on deaths or injuries.

The Egyptian ministry said late Sunday that police and armed forces were pursuing terrorist elements in the western desert and mistakenly fired on four cars that turned out to be filled with Mexican tourists.

The ministry said the victims were Mexican and Egyptian.

Mexico's foreign ministry said consular representatives are at the el Hospital Dar-el-Fouad in suburban Cairo to find out what happened and had interview five survivors. It did not provide details of what they said.