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Two Thieves Die After Being Hung From Tree by Egypt Vigilantes

Two men reportedly caught stealing a rickshaw died of their injuries after being beaten and strung up from a tree by residents of a small Egyptian Nile Delta town, the state-run Ahram Gate reported today.

The incident comes days after Egyptian authorities encouraged civilians to detain suspected criminals as a way to help police cope with a tide of violence that has swelled in the two years since former President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in 2011. Police have also been striking in parts of the country, calling for better equipment and benefits.

The two men were caught in the town of Samanood after they allegedly stole a rickshaw, or tuk-tuk, according to Ahram Gate. The two were beaten and hung up alive on a tree in the town, and their captors prevented attempts by others to free them, the news website reported.

Authorities were delayed in reaching the scene because the main road was blocked due to a protest over a fuel shortage, Ahram Gate said.

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