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Man Jailed for Airport Explosion

A Japanese journalist was jailed for 18 months for blowing up a Jordanian airport security guard as he tried to show that a souvenir cluster bomblet from the Iraq war was harmless. The state security court Sunday sentenced Hiroke Gomi, 36, a photographer for Japan’s Mainichi daily, to a reduced 18-month sentence after dropping charges of possession of explosives — an offence punishable by up to 15 years. Gomi was convicted on a lesser count of causing unintentional death and inflicting bodily harm in the blast at Amman’s international airport on May 1 that killed Sergeant Ali Sarhan and wounded four others. Chief judge Colonel Fawaz al-Baqour said Gomi had behaved recklessly in seeking to prove to the security guards that the bomblet was safe before handing it over. Full Story

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