Man hurls bomb at Egyptian synagogue

| February 21, 2010

A man hurled a makeshift bomb at Egypt's main synagogue Sunday morning, but no injuries or damage were reported.

The man checked into the Panorama Hotel in downtown Cairo and then threw a bag — with gasoline canisters inside — from the fourth floor at the historic synagogue, the country's Interior Ministry said.

"The initial criminal investigation indicates that the incendiary device was primitive, comprised of four jerry-cans of petrol," the ministry said in a statement.

"To each jerry can was attached a one-litre container of sulfuric acid, a piece of cotton, a box of matches (and) a lighter. The smashing of the bottles caused the ignition."

No one was visiting the synagogue at the time, the ministry said.

The bag caught fire briefly and the man fled. Found in the bag were clothing and other items belonging to the suspect, the ministry said. "Intense efforts are underway to apprehend him."

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