Egyptian security forces mistake tourists for terrorists, killing 12

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Egyptian security forces killed 12 tourists and injured 10 after mistaking them for terrorists, the country’s Interior Ministry said.

The attack happened Saturday within a so-called restricted area.

Members of Egypt’s military and police were chasing “terrorist elements” in the country’s vast western desert region when they came upon the tourists. Among the victims are people from Mexico and Egypt, the ministry said.

An investigation is ongoing.

By Salma Abdelaziz and Dana Ford

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