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Egyptian villagers lynched a suspected car thief on Thursday, security sources said, in the latest in a spate of such vigilante killings in the face of growing lawlessness.
The lynching, in the Nile Delta village of Ezbat Al Gindy, came days after residents of another village strung up two suspected criminals in an incident described by the justice minister as a sign of the “death of the state”.
A police official said 17 such killings have occurred just in Sharqiya province, where Ezbat Al Gindy is located, since a 2011 uprising overthrew president Hosni Mubarak and took a severe toll on his security services.
The official said the man hanged from a tree in the Ezbat Al Gindy had tried to steal a car, whose owner appealed to passersby for help.
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