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Why was a young boy buried alive with a Quran?

An Egyptian court found a 42-year-old man guilty of murdering an 8-year-old boy by burying him alive

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An Egyptian court found a 42-year-old man guilty of murdering an 8-year-old boy by burying him alive and sentenced the man to death.

Yahya, a tuk-tuk driver, kidnapped the child, Anas, in July in the town of Nazlat Khayan in the Sharqia governorate and then contacted the boy's parents demanding 2 million Egyptian pounds in ransom.

Yahya, who was the child's neighbor, waited for Anas on the stairs while he was going to a class to memorize the Qur'an in the town. After luring Anas into his house, the boy screamed, and so Yahya assaulted him before burying him with his Quran, the court heard. Yahya then went to search for the boy with his family when he was first announced missing.

Yahya confessed to committing the crime and said that two days before the incident, his wife and daughter had left the house, adding that he murdered Anas right after kidnapping him out of fear of getting caught.

He explained that he hit Anas on the head, causing him to lose consciousness, and then tried to break his neck but failed so he buried him in a hole in his house, adding that the boy was holding a Quran in his hand and he buried him with it and hid the phone and SIM card which he used to contact the boy's parents for ransom.

This article is available in Arabic.