Man gets 5 years for attack on Cairo synagogue

AP News
Posted: Mar 23, 2011 6:32 AM
Man gets 5 years for attack on Cairo synagogue

Egypt's supreme state security court has convicted and sentenced a man to five years in prison for throwing a makeshift bomb at Cairo's main synagogue.

Gamal Hussein, 50, entered a downtown hotel in February last year and tossed the suitcase containing explosives out of the window at the synagogue across the street before fleeing.

The suitcase briefly caught fire but fell across the street from the historic synagogue, known as Shaar Hashamayim, or the Gate of Heaven. No one was injured.

Authorities said Hussein was repeatedly jailed for drug dealing and was implicated in attacks organized in the 1980s by Islamic militant groups targeting video stores.

Hussein shouted at the judge "Your verdict is a failure! You all are infidels!"