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The Egyptian White desert, about 310 miles southwest of Cairo, Egypt, is pictured on May 19, 2013. At least 12 people were killed and 10 injured in Egypt's southwestern desert Sunday, Sept 13, 2015, when security forces mistakenly fired on a group of Mexican tourists, Egyptian officials said. The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident and said at least two of the dead were Mexican nationals. (Manoocher Deghati/AP)
The Egyptian White desert, about 310 miles southwest of Cairo, Egypt, is pictured on May 19, 2013. At least 12 people were killed and 10 injured in Egypt's southwestern desert Sunday, Sept 13, 2015, when security forces mistakenly fired on a group of Mexican tourists, Egyptian officials said. The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident and said at least two of the dead were Mexican nationals. (Manoocher Deghati/AP)
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At least 12 people were killed and 10 more were wounded yesterday when security forces on an anti-terrorism operation fired on a group of tourists traveling in Egypt's southwestern desert. The area is popular with tourists, but also attractive to Islamic militants.

Eight of the dead were from Mexico. The Mexican government condemned the incident and is calling for a thorough investigation. The BBC's Orla Guerin joins Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd from Cairo with the latest.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

Guest

  • Orla Guerin, reporter based in Cairo for the BBC. She tweets @OrlaGuerin.

This segment aired on September 14, 2015.

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