Tens of angry youth in the Egyptian governorate of Sharqiya lynched Wednesday an alleged murderer inside the local police station, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.
The man, Tamer Abdel-Al, was a suspect in the murder of a police officer and was being interrogated in the local police station when tens of angry villagers stormed the building and beat him to death.
Sharqiya — Egypt's third largest governorate by population, located east of the Nile Delta — has been plagued by mob violence. During the last two and a half years, its villages have witnessed over a dozen mob killings.
Mob killings of alleged criminals, egged on by communal acceptance, have spread across rural areas in Egypt amid a chronic security vacuum and a surging crime rate.
The last mob killing was reported in early May, when hundreds of locals in Qataweya village, situated near Sharqiya's capital Zagazig, killed the son of Muslim Brotherhood figure Rabie Lasheen. The victim, Youssef, was a 16-year-old secondary school student.
Youssef was accused of shooting a 28-year-old man for insulting his father over his affiliation to the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood's political wing, in a Facebook post.