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Canadian dies from gunshot sustained in Upper Egypt feud.

CAIRO: An Egyptian security official says a Canadian tourist who was caught up in a family feud has died of his wounds.

The official says 24-year old Jeff Francois, who lived in Cairo and was an employee of the Institute of Canada, suffered respiratory complications because of a gunshot wound and died on Saturday.

Francois was shot on Wednesday when members of a feuding family opened fire on his car when his driver refused to stop at an illegal checkpoint in the town of Al-Samata.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

The villagers manning the checkpoint were looking for members of a rival clan, state-run Al-Ahram said.

Francois was heading to Sohag province to visit an ancient temple, the paper said.

Villagers had expressed their contrition at the death and would send a delegation to the Candadian embassy, the report added.

Family feuds and violent revenge attacks are common in southern Egypt, where many families take the law into their own hands, refusing police intervention. Feuds in the underdeveloped south can sometimes engulf several towns and may fester for years.

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Date:Nov 13, 2011
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