Villagers lynch car thief in northern Egypt

Thursday - 3/21/2013, 3:22pm EDT

Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian witnesses and officials say villagers have beat to death a young man after catching him trying to steal a car in a new case of vigilante violence.

A number of recent lynchings or attempted lynchings have raised worries over an increasing breakdown of security, adding a new challenge to Egypt's government.

A security official says dozens of villagers in Ezbat el-Gindy in the northern Sharqiya province caught the man trying to steal a car at gunpoint Thursday.

Video footage shows the man, half-naked and bloody, being dragged by the foot while villagers beat him with sticks.

A witness says residents then tied him to a tree until he died.

The security official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

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