Salafists protest at US embassy, Cairo, for release of sheikh involved in World Trade Centre bombing

Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Apr 2011

Salafists protested today in front of the US embassy, demanding the release of aged Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahamn, who is serving a life sentence in the US for the World Trade Centre bombing

sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman

Tens of protesters demonstrated in front of the US Embassy today to demand the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

The protesters, most of whom were Salafists, demanded that the US release Abdel Rahman, 73, because his health is deteriorating.

Salafists announced in a press conference in Fayoum that they also asked Al-Azhar Grand Imam to petition the US to free Abdel Rahman and accused the former regime for the sheikh's continued imprisonment.

Abdel Rahman also known as the “blind sheikh,” was implicated in the 1993 New York World Trade Centre bombings and is currently serving a life sentence in the US.

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