Five years in jail for Cairo synagogue bomber

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

A man who attempted to blow up a Cairo synagogue has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Gamal Hussein tried to bomb the Shaar Hashamayim synagogue, a historic building in downtown Cairo.

In February 2010 he threw a suitcase full of explosives across from a hotel room, but the plan failed when the suitcase caught fire but fell short of the synagogue itself.

Hussein, said to have been implicated in Islamist attacks in the 1980s, has served sentences for drug offences in the past.

After the judge gave his verdict, Hussein shouted that those in the court were “infidels”.

Last updated: 12:11pm, March 23 2011