Egyptian villagers beat two accused criminals to death

March 17, 2013 23:01


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CAIRO - Egyptian villagers on Sunday beat to death two men accused of violent crime and hung their bodies from a lamppost, in one of the country's most gruesome examples of vigilante justice.

A mob chased the men through the village of Mahalt Ziyad in the Nile Delta, around 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Cairo, said Mudeer Amn al-Gharbiya, a local security official. They strung up the corpses in a public place as a warning to others.

The villagers had accused the men of attacking women and children, kidnapping and theft, the official said.

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