Cairo synagogue attacker to face trial on Sept 18

| July 26, 2010

A man who attacked a Jewish synagogue in downtown Cairo in February will go on trial on Sept. 18, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported on Sunday.

Cairo Court of Appeal set Sept. 18 as the date of the first session in the trial of Gamal Hussein Ahmed, 49, who is facing charges of attacking a synagogue in downtown Cairo, according to the report.

Earlier in February, a small home-made explosive device went off outside the Jewish synagogue in central Cairo, but no injures were reported.

The explosive device consisted of four containers of petrol attached to a one-liter bottle of sulphuric acid, a piece of cotton, a match and a cigarette lighter, officials said.

The attacker hurled the bag containing the makeshift bomb at the synagogue and the glass bottles broke, causing the materials inside to mix and get the fire alight.

There were no tourist groups visiting the Jewish temple at the time of the attack.

Source: Xinhua

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