Man arrested in Cairo suitcase bomb attack on synagogue

February 23, 2010 18:00


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CAIRO — Egypt's Interior Ministry said Tuesday police arrested a man suspected of throwing a suitcase containing a makeshift bomb at Cairo's main synagogue.

The ministry said the 49-year-old man was detained Tuesday in Cairo.
The man is suspected of entering a downtown hotel Sunday and tossing an explosive-laden suitcase out the window at the synagogue across the street and then fleeing.There were no injuries or damage to the synagogue.

The ministry said in a statement the suspect has a record of Islamic extremism and drug abuse, and told authorities he was angered by Israeli policies in the Palestinian territories.

It said the man claimed to be heading to the US Embassy to seek asylum when he was arrested.

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