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Trial in Cairo synagogue attack postponed again, until Tuesday

Arab World Materials 15 January 2011 20:15
A Cairo court on Saturday postponed anew the trial of a man charged with trying to bomb a historical synagogue in Cairo, dpa reported.
Trial in Cairo synagogue attack postponed again, until Tuesday

A Cairo court on Saturday postponed anew the trial of a man charged with trying to bomb a historical synagogue in Cairo, dpa reported.

The Cairo Criminal Court delayed the trial of Gamal Hussein Ahmad, a 49-year-old tailor, until Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, Ahmad threw an "improvised explosive device" last February at Egypt's largest synagogue in downtown Cairo, the only one still conducting services for Jewish holidays there.

He asked to see a room at a hotel opposite the synagogue, then allegedly threw a bag out the room window and fled though an alley next to the hotel.

No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the attack, as the bag exploded in the middle of the street.

Ahmad was charged with possession of unlicensed explosives with the intention of carrying out a "terrorist-like act."

Egypt's Ministry of Interior has said that the suspect has a record of extremism and drug abuse, and that he told authorities he was angered by Israeli policies in the Palestinian territories.

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