The latest: 3 killed Mexicans identified in Egypt attack

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Mexico Demands Explanation from Egypt Over Tourist Deaths

The latest developments after Egyptian troops mistakenly opened fire on a group of Mexican tourists on a safari in the country's western desert. All times local:

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10:45 p.m.

Mexico's ambassador to Egypt, Jorge Alvarez Fuentes, told local media on Monday that two dead Mexican citizens in the attack in Egypt have been identified as Luis Barajas Fernandez and Maria de Lourdes Fernandez Rubio.

A third Mexican citizen, Rafael Bejarano, was confirmed dead by his sister, who said she had been informed of his death by his travelling companions. With six wounded, that would at least leave five unaccounted for. Reports vary on whether there were 14 or 15 tourists in the group.

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The latest: 3 killed Mexicans identified in Egypt attack
Relatives of an Egyptian victim who was killed in Sunday's incident in which Egyptian forces mistakenly opened fire on tourists in the western desert, wait at a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12 people and dealing a further blow to the government's efforts to project an image of stability as it fights an increasingly powerful insurgency, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)
Egyptian police officers direct people as ambulances carrying Egyptian victims of Sunday's incident in which Egyptian forces mistakenly opened fire on tourists in the western desert, arrive at a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12 people and dealing a further blow to the government's efforts to project an image of stability as it fights an increasingly powerful insurgency, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)
Egypt’s ambassador to Mexico, Yasser Shaban, listens to a question during a press conference in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian forces hunting militants in the country's western desert mistakenly opened fire on Mexican tourists on safari, killing 12. Shaban suggested that the Egyptian troops were confused because vehicles used by the tourists were "similar to those used by terrorists." He, however, did not repeat earlier assertions that the tourists were in an off-limits area. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Acting Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb speaks to journalists after his visit to injured Mexican tourists at the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. 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 on a safari trip, Egyptian officials said. The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident and said at least two of the dead were Mexican nationals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Acting Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb shakes hands with officials as he arrives to visit injured Mexican tourists at the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. 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 on a safari trip, Egyptian officials said. The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident and said at least two of the dead were Mexican nationals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Egyptian journalists wait for information about tourists who were injured Sunday while on a desert safari trip, in front of the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. 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. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Newly appointed Egyptian Tourism Minister Khaled Ramy arrives to Dar al-Fouad Hospital in a western Cairo suburb ahead of a visit to injured tourists who were mistakenly targeted by a joint police and military operation 'chasing terrorist elements', on September 14, 2015. Egyptian security forces have mistakenly killed 12 people including Mexican tourists while chasing jihadists in the country's vast Western Desert, drawing condemnation and calls for an investigation from Mexico. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico's minister of foreign affairs, speaks at a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Egyptian security forces accidentally killed at least 12 people in the western desert area after mistaking a Mexican tourist group for terrorists, Egypt's Interior Ministry said. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Egyptian security members stand guard as newly appointed Tourism Minister Khaled Ramy arrives at the Dar al-Fouad Hospital in a western Cairo suburb to visit injured tourists who were mistakenly targeted by a joint police and military operation 'chasing terrorist elements', on September 14, 2015. Egyptian security forces have mistakenly killed 12 people including Mexican tourists while chasing jihadists in the country's vast Western Desert, drawing condemnation and calls for an investigation from Mexico. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - This Saturday, May 19, 2013 file photo shows a view of the Egyptian White desert, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) southwest of Cairo, Egypt. 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. (AP Photo/Manoocher Deghati, File)
FILE - This September 2012 file photo shows desert safari driver Ahmed Bakrin building a small fire to make mint tea before sunset during a trek through the Great Sand Sea outside the Egyptian oasis of Siwa, roughly 450 miles (about 725 kilometers) southwest of Cairo. 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. (AP Photo/Kim Gamel, File)
Local tour guide tells BBC that the Mexican tourists killed by Egypt's security forces were not in a restricted area
Friend of Western desert victim, a hotel owner, says they had a police escort #Egypt #Farafara
Most foreigners I know in #Cairo, including myself, have made desert trips from Baheriya oasis #Egypt
#EGWestDesert proves that security forces r not only repressive bt also incompetent. How many innocents they mistakenly killed last 2~3 yrs?
The Mexican Safari trip had a police escort. Egypt police is taking rock bottom to a whole new depth...Shale gas depth! #EGWestDesert
Next time Cairo complains international press damages Egypt's tourism by negative reporting, remind them: the press didn't fire on tourists.
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10:20 p.m.

Egypt's ambassador to Mexico, Yasser Shaban, told reporters in Mexico City that vehicles used by a tour group attacked by Egyptian forces in the western desert were "similar to those used by terrorists."

Shaban did not repeat earlier assertions that the tourists were in an off-limits area when they came under attack, which left 12 dead.

Meanwhile, Mexico's ambassador to Egypt, Jorge Alvarez Fuentes, told local Radio Formula that the group which was attacked on Monday included 14 Mexicans. He says the tourists "had made a stop to rest and eat and continue on their way to one of the oases," when they came under attack.

He says six Mexicans wounded in the attack are hospital and that they are in stable condition.

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8:20 p.m.

Friends and relatives of a Mexican man killed in a mistaken attack by Egyptian security forces in the Arab country's western desert have identified him as Rafael Bejarano, who has given classes in spirituality and concerts in Mexico and the United States.

The identity of the other Mexican who died in the attack has not yet been confirmed.

Bejarano's business partner, Rachel Stewart of San Clemente, California, says the Egyptian trip of about 15 friends was organized by Bejarano's mother, Marisela. Stewart says Marisela, who also took part in the trip, was recovering from wounds suffered in the attack.

Stewart said Monday that the trip was planned as a sort of spiritual retreat, and that Marisela regularly organized similar trips.

The 41-year-old Bejarano had lived in San Clemente for about three years and was a self-described shaman, faith healer, and player of the didgeridoo - a long, wooden horn-like instrument from Australia.

Stewart says he "touched everyone with his heart, with his music, with his soul."

Bejarano's sister Gabriela Bejarano disputed government reports that the groups was not authorized to be in the area. She says she herself has been on the trip twice, and that "the controls are very strict."

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5:30 p.m.

A hospital spokeswoman says two Mexicans wounded when Egyptian forces mistakenly fired upon tourists on a desert safari are dual American citizens.

Twelve people were killed in the incident, including two Mexican citizens, and a total of 10 people were wounded.

Mona el-Bakri, the spokeswoman for the Dar al-Fouad hospital where the wounded were being treated, says two of the seven Mexicans receiving treatment also hold American citizenship.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Brian Shott said officials are looking into whether an American citizen was involved in the incident.

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4:15 p.m.

Mexico's Embassy in Cairo says it's cancelling its independence day celebration scheduled for Tuesday at the mission in the Egyptian capital.

The cancellation followed the deadly attack late Sunday that killed at least two Mexican tourists and wounded six in Egypt's western desert.

The brief message was posted on the embassy's website.

Mexicans traditionally celebrate their independence with a ceremony on the evening of Sept. 15 and morning of Sept. 16.

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3:35 p.m.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu says Mexicans wounded in a mistake attack in Egypt have told Mexico's ambassador to Cairo that they were subject to an aerial attack from aircraft. She confirmed that at least two Mexicans were killed in the attack and six were wounded.

Ruiz Massieu spoke at a news conference on Monday in Mexico City.

She says the wounded Mexicans said "they had suffered an aerial attack with bombs launched from an airplane and helicopters."

She also says Egyptian officials have promised to form an investigative committee headed by the country's prime minister and pledged "an expedited investigation in depth."

Mexico has sent a diplomatic note expressing "profound dismay" and demanding an investigation.

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2:30 p.m.

Ibrahim Mehleb, Egypt's acting prime minister has visited several Mexican citizens injured by Egyptian security forces in Egypt's western desert. Mehleb, whose government resigned last week but who remains in his post until a successor can be chosen, visited the wounded in Dar el-Fouad Hospital in suburban Cairo on Monday.

"We are standing next to the Mexican people in their tragedy. The circumstances surrounding the incident are part of Egypt's fight against terrorism. The Mexican side is receiving the best care and we will take care of the Egyptian victims," Mehleb said after his visit. "This is a painful incident and I give my deepest condolences to the Egyptian people and our guest the Mexicans, and I have spoken to the Mexican ambassador and relayed my condolences."

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1:00 p.m.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zaid says acting Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke by telephone Monday morning with his Mexican counterpart Claudia Ruiz Massieu and explained to her the circumstances that surrounded the incident, saying the tourists were in a restricted area and the army and police were chasing militants who were in SUVs similar to those used by the tourists.

Shoukry assured Massieu that the Interior Ministry is investigating the incident and that the Egyptian government will extend all possible assistance, including medical treatment for the injured and transporting the bodies of the dead back to their home country.

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9:15 a.m.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is condemning the deaths of Mexican tourists after Egyptian troops mistakenly opened fire on a desert safari convoy.

In a statement on his Twitter feed Monday morning, Nieto says his government "condemns these acts against our citizens" and demands a thorough investigation.

The attack killed at least 12 people and injured 10. The victims are Mexican and Egyptian.

Egyptian authorities say the four-car convoy had entered a restricted area of the desert without permission and without informing authorities.

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