Cairo: An Egyptian Islamist has attempted to set his fellow employee on fire after she angered him by programming a pro-army ringtone in her mobile phone, said police on Saturday.
The suspect, a follower of the Muslim Brotherhood to which the ousted president Mohammad Mursi belongs, frequently scolded his workmate at a pharmaceutical company in the coastal city of Alexandria for using the ringtone inspired by a popular song that praises the army, who deposed the Islamist leader in July.
The 23-year-old woman reported to the police that her colleague, a salesman, had insulted her before throwing petrol at her in a bid to torch her, the online edition of state-run newspaper Al Ahram reported.
The woman’s account was backed up by two witnesses, according to the report. Police also seized three petrol bottles, a knife and a paper cutter inside the suspected assailant’s car.