Mexico on Monday expressed “deep dismay” and called for “a prompt, thorough and deep” after the air strike of the Egyptian army that killed at least two Mexican tourists.
The Egyptian authorities did not specify what weapons were used in Sunday’s attack in western Egyptian desert, in which 12 people, including at least two Mexicans were killed and 10 injured.
But according to the Mexican foreign minister, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the six Mexican Survivors said the Ambassador of Mexico in Egypt have been the target of an “air attack with bombs dropped from aircraft and helicopters” while they made a break for lunch.
“The Mexican government asked the Egyptian authorities to give the highest priority and to clarify as soon as this tragedy,” said Ruiz Massieu.
The six injured Mexican tourists who were taken to the Cairo hospital, are in stable condition, according to Minister
The group of tourists had arrived in Cairo on September 11 and had left two days later towards the Bahariya oasis, said Ruiz Massieu.
It was near the oasis when it was targeted by the Egyptian army. The Windows Egyptian travel agency informed the Mexican ambassador to the attack.
The Mexican media have identified one of the victims as Rafael Bejarano Jose Rangel, a musician of 40 years, whose mother was injured in the attack.
The newspaper Reforma, Bejarano Rangel knew how to play the instruments used by indigenous communites Huichol he supported elsewhere.
His aunt, Araceli Rangel Davalos, told the Milenio chain she had learned the new “last night to information.”
She said her sister Marisela was in stable condition, but she could not speak to him.
The Egyptian authorities have undertaken to create an investigative group to be headed by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, the joint forces of the police and army, which chased terrorists Wahat in the Western Desert (west), opened “by mistake” fire on four pickup that transporting Mexican tourists.
According to the Egyptian authorities, they were in an “unauthorized tourists” area, without providing details on the exact spot where the tragedy occurred.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had condemned the attack Sunday night on his Twitter account, calling Cairo the opening of a “thorough investigation”.