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Man kills 15 in reported vengeful shooting spree in Banha

Ex-convict opens fire and kills 15 in Banha, north of Cairo; police move in and shoot him dead

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Aug 2013
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Sixteen people were killed when a man went on a shooting spree Wednesday in Banha city, north of Cairo.

The man, previously convicted of crimes, opened fire on passersby in Meet Al-Atar village in Qalioubiya governorate.

Although the reason was not immediately known, it is rumoured that he was angry with residents because they did not help him take revenge against a family in the village. He killed 15.

Police later moved in and shot the man dead, bringing the death toll to 16.

Rural areas in Egypt have been plagued with vigilante murders, widely blamed on a chronic security vacuum. Over a dozen mob killing incidents have been reported, mostly in  the Nile Delta's Sharqiya, since the 2011 uprising that swept longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power.

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