Hundreds of Islamists demonstrated Thursday near the US embassy in Cairo to demand the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was sentenced a life sentence in the US for planning terrorist attacks in New York.
The protesters called on US President Barack Obama to release the prisoner. Nicknamed the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel-Rahman, 73, was convicted in 1995 by the US for plots to attack targets in New York and to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He was among the group that planned the first attacks against the World Trade Center, which resulted in 6 deaths and injured over 1,000 in 1993. (AFP)