Egyptian security forces mistakenly killed 12 people in a tourist convoy in the country's western desert, the Interior Ministry said Monday, NBC News reported.
The security forces were pursuing terrorists there when they accidentally hit four SUVs carrying Mexican tourists and Egyptians who were in a banned area, the ministry said. Ten other people were also injured.
Mexican Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu confirmed that two of those killed were Mexican citizens and officials were working to confirm the identities of other possible victims.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto condemned the attacks, saying on Twitter that he was asking the Egyptian government to "perform an exhaustive investigation" into the killings.