The 22-year-old Islam Abd-Rabbu, a Muslim fundamentalist who broke into the church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Manshiyet al-Tahrir in the eastern Cairo district of Ain Shams on 11 November 2018, has been sentenced to three years in prison by Ain Shams Misdemeanour court.
Investigations revealed that Abd-Rabbu was a religious maniac; the incident was thus treated as a criminal rather than terrorist deed.
The incident goes back to last November when Abd-Rabbu, dressed in the Islamic jilbab, broke into the church at around 6am through a side door near the bakery in which the host bread, qurban, is made. He was quickly intercepted by the qurabni, the qurban baker, but the intruder shouted the Islamic Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest) and hit the qurabni on the head with an iron rod he was carrying, bruising him. When anther worker came to rescue the qarabni, he was also hit. By that time the few men who were in church at the time had gathered; they overpowered the assailant and handed him to the police.
24 February 2019