Mexico says unhappy with Egypt's response to 2015 attack on tourists

Friday 13-05-2016 11:33 AM

Mexian Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu

By Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said Thursday that it was not satisfied with the Egyptian government's response to an aerial bombing in Egypt last year in which eight Mexican tourists were killed.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website that it had sent a letter to the Egyptian embassy to express its "surprise and dissatisfaction" with the government's failure to thoroughly investigate the case, penalize the perpetrators and compensate victims.

Last September, an Egyptian army aircraft fired on a group parked for a barbecue near a tourist site, thinking they were militants. In addition to the eight Mexicans, four Egyptians were killed. Six Mexicans were wounded.

The ministry said that although media outlets had reported on negotiations with one of the victim's families, Mexico did not have any knowledge of the case.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that the Egyptian tourism federation would compensate families of three Mexican victims and it was also negotiating with families of the other Mexican victims. 

(Reporting by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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