A man was tortured to death and dragged through the streets Sunday by vigilantes in the Menoufiya governorate village of Quesna.
The unemployed man allegedly lured a 16-year-old girl to a stockyard, stole her jewelry, raped her and stabbed her to death.
The incident represents the latest in a series of mob killings of alleged criminals in Egypt's rural areas. Citizens appear to have grown bolder in taking matters into their own hands since the uprising that ousted long-time president Hosni Mubarak.
Sharqiya — Egypt's third largest governorate by population — has witnessed over a dozen street mob killings over the last two and a half years.
Early in May, hundreds of locals in Qataweya in the Nile Delta Sharqiya governorate killed the 16-year-old son of Muslim Brotherhood figure Rabie Lasheen. The boy was accused of shooting a 28-year-old man for insulting on Facebook his father for his affiliation to the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
In March, a brutal lynching took place in Mahallah Ziad village in the Nile Delta Gharbiya governorate. Residents beat up two men who had been accused of abducting two young boys. After dragging them through the streets of the village, an angry mob stripped the men half-naked and hung them upside down from a tree in front of thousands of onlookers.