39 Egyptians Hurt in Clashes over Traffic Incident
Thirty-nine people were hospitalized with injuries near Cairo early Tuesday when two families fought with guns, knives, clubs and stones over a student accused of speeding, police said.
Four suffered bullet wounds, while the others had knife wounds and broken bones in the fighting in Tanash village northwest of Cairo, said Mohammed Foda, the chief police inspector for the area.
The violence erupted just after midnight (2100 GMT) after a 32-year-old farmer began shouting at a university student he complained was driving dangerously fast through the village, he said.
Relatives of the farmer then began fighting with relatives of the student, in fighting that lasted more than two hours and involved at least two revolvers, police said. Seventeen people were arrested.
There have been at least four other violent clashes in Egypt this year sparked by traffic violations or fatal accidents.
Hours earlier Tuesday, around 20 people were hurt, including two policemen, in clashes in downtown Cairo between African Christians and Egyptian Muslims after a car hit a Christian outside a church, witnesses and security sources said.
In other recent violence, one man was killed and 18 others injured Saturday when a gunfight erupted over a boys' soccer game between teams representing two families near the Egyptian capital, police said - CAIRO (AFP)
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