3 American students back in United States after being arrested in Cairo

    Drexel University student Gregory Porter told a group of reporters last night he was thankful to be back in Philadelphia after he and two other students were arrested in Cairo a week earlier.

    Porter returned home last night to Philadelphia International Airport, while the Associated Press reports the two others also returned home to their home states Saturday night. Porter and the two other students attending American University in Cairo were arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at Egyptian security forces.

    The students have maintained their innocence, with one of the students, Derrik Sweeney, telling the Associated Press they never did anything to hurt anyone. Sweeney spoke to the AP upon returning to his home in St. Louis.

    The Associated Press says Porter, a Glenside, Pennsylvania native, didn’t take questions when he returned to Philadelphia, only saying he was thankful for the help from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, administrators at the university he and the others attended and for attorneys in both Egypt and the U.S.

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