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Egypt spokesman: Troops kill 10 militants in western desert, area where Mexican tourists died

  • In this image released in Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 on the official Facebook account of the Egyptian military spokesman, a vehicle burns during an operation near the Bahriyah Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. Spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir  says troops have killed 10 militants near the oasis, an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists, killing 12 people. (Egypt Army spokesman via AP)

    In this image released in Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 on the official Facebook account of the Egyptian military spokesman, a vehicle burns during an operation near the Bahriyah Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. Spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir says troops have killed 10 militants near the oasis, an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists, killing 12 people. (Egypt Army spokesman via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image released in Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 on the official Facebook account of the Egyptian military spokesman, soldiers leave a helicopter during an operation near the Bahriyah Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. Spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir  says troops have killed 10 militants near the oasis, an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists, killing 12 people. (Egypt Army spokesman via AP)

    In this image released in Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 on the official Facebook account of the Egyptian military spokesman, soldiers leave a helicopter during an operation near the Bahriyah Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. Spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir says troops have killed 10 militants near the oasis, an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists, killing 12 people. (Egypt Army spokesman via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image released in Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 on the official Facebook account of the Egyptian military spokesman, soldiers take up combat positions during an operation near the Bahriyah Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. Spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir  says troops have killed 10 militants near the oasis, an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists, killing 12 people. (Egypt Army spokesman via AP)

    In this image released in Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 on the official Facebook account of the Egyptian military spokesman, soldiers take up combat positions during an operation near the Bahriyah Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. Spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir says troops have killed 10 militants near the oasis, an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists, killing 12 people. (Egypt Army spokesman via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's military spokesman says troops have killed 10 militants near the Bahriyah Oasis in the country's western desert — an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists, killing 12 people.

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir says in comments on his Facebook page that the operation took place on Monday and involved the air force and special anti-terrorism forces. He also says a wounded militant was arrested and several four-wheel drives and weapons were destroyed.

Samir says the troops moved after receiving information that the "terrorists were preparing to infiltrate" several provinces during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha for "attacks on vital institutions and foreign interests."

Egypt has launched an investigation into the attack on the tourist group in which eight Mexicans died.