Egyptian security forces arrested a 49-year-old tailor on Tuesday on suspicion of trying to bomb a Cairo synagogue in retaliation for Israeli crimes in the West Bank and Gaza, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Security forces believe Gamal Hussein Ahmed threw a primitive explosive device and a suitcase filled with petrol canisters at the synagogue in downtown Cairo on Sunday. The device burst into flames but caused no injuries.
Ahmed, a drug addict who had previously been in rehabilitation, was on his way to the American embassy to seek political asylum when police arrested him at 1 a.m. (2300 GMT on Monday), the ministry said.
Sources cited in the ministry statement said Ahmed confessed he threw the device at the synagogue out of anger over perceived Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
ReutersLast Mod: 23 Şubat 2010, 22:40