Five houses were set on fire during the attack. Police are evacuating the rest of Shiite homes in the village.
“For three weeks the Salafist sheikhs in the village have been attacking the Shias and accusing them of being infidels and spreading debauchery,” Hazem Barakat, an eyewitness and photojournalist, told Ahram Online.
Barakat, who reported the incident live on Twitter, took photos and videos showing one of the Shias began dragged in the street after being beaten. “I saw several Shias stabbed several times while they were being dragged in some sort of public lynching,” said Barakat.
At least four have been killed according to the head of the Giza security directorate. According to eyewitnesses, there are not less than 30 badly injured Shias who have been transferred to hospital.
The death toll included 66-year-old Hassan Shehata, a prominent Shia figure who was jailed twice under former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak for “contempt of religion.”
The police force came late according to eyewitnesses and did nothing to stop the attack and public lynching. “They were just watching the public lynching like anyone else and did not stop anything,” said Barakat.