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.