Head of anti-terrorism in Egypt: Oops


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CAIRO—On September 13, eight Mexican nationals were killed in a case of mistaken identity.  While traveling  in Egypt’s Western Desert, the group was confused with Islamist terrorists.  Mooseclean’s sat down with the head of anti-terrorism in Egypt, Khaled Mubarak, to ask some questions about the incident.

MOOSECLEAN’S: How could a convoy of tourist vehicles be mistaken for Islamist terrorists?

MUBARAK: The terrorists we were chasing drove similar vehicles.  All RAV4s look the same.

MOOSECLEAN’S: The group had stopped for lunch when they were attacked without warning.  Why didn’t you try to make contact before opening fire?

MUBARAK: There were no sombreros or burritos.  No mariachi band.  How were we to know they were Mexican tourists and not Islamist terrorists stopping to construct an outpost of evil?

MOOSECLEAN’S: The Western Desert is a popular tourist attraction.  Why did the government say this group was in a restricted zone?

MUBARAK: All of Egypt is a restricted zone, open to military interpretation.

MOOSECLEAN’S: Four Egyptians were also killed in this incident.  How are citizens reacting?

MUBARAK: At least four Egyptians are killed every day in the market.  The only reason I’m doing this interview is because I am now forced to address foreign relations.

MOOSECLEAN’S: When will an Egyptian court clear Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy of fabricated charges?

MUBARAK: Oh, haha.  Clever.  Thought you’d sneak that one in there?  Next question.

MOOSECLEAN’S: Do you think this incident will affect Egyptian tourism in the future?

MUBARAK: Not at all.  People are still going on holiday in Mexico, right?

Molly Donovan

Molly Donovan

I grew up in the USA, but don’t hold that against me because I’m also Canadian.

Just think of me as the mole.

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