A police officer was detained and later released by an angry mob Tuesday morning, after killing a woman by mistake in Cairo’s Manshiyat Nasser neighbourhood, the Ahram Arabic news website reported.
The police officer arrived in the district to arrest two Christian families who were in a fight with each other Monday night, and fired warning shots into the air, one of which killed a woman who was standing on a balcony watching, according to eyewitnesses.
The officer was then detained by an angry mob, though he was rescued by priests from a local church early Tuesday morning, eyewitnesses told the Arabic Ahram news website.
"When Manshiyat Nasser's head of the police investigation came, he pulled his gun out and fired several warning shots into the air, and one of those shots hit a lady watching the fight from her balcony," one eye witness said.
Seeing the lady dying because of the gunshot, citizens in the streets detained the police officer and beat him, until the church priests saved him from the angry mob and later transferred him to the hospital.
The police officer, who is also head of police investigation, was released after promising the angry residents that he would stand a fair trial.
Manshiyat Nasser is among the poorest and most crowded slums in Cairo. The district has a population of over 200,000 -- mostly Coptic Christians— and is know as “Garbage City”.