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Body of Egypt's so-called Blind Sheikh brought home from US

  • Mohammed, the son of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11, waits for the bodies arrival at Cairo International Airport, in Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, said its acting executive assistant, Kenneth McKoy. The inmate spent seven years at the prison medical facility while serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    Mohammed, the son of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11, waits for the bodies arrival at Cairo International Airport, in Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, said its acting executive assistant, Kenneth McKoy. The inmate spent seven years at the prison medical facility while serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Family and relatives of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11, pray as they wait for the bodies arrival at Cairo International Airport, in Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, said its acting executive assistant, Kenneth McKoy. The inmate spent seven years at the prison medical facility while serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    Family and relatives of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11, pray as they wait for the bodies arrival at Cairo International Airport, in Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, said its acting executive assistant, Kenneth McKoy. The inmate spent seven years at the prison medical facility while serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Asmaa, the daughter of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11, looks at a vehicle carrying her father's coffin, at Cairo International Airport, in Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, said its acting executive assistant, Kenneth McKoy. The inmate spent seven years at the prison medical facility while serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    Asmaa, the daughter of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11, looks at a vehicle carrying her father's coffin, at Cairo International Airport, in Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, said its acting executive assistant, Kenneth McKoy. The inmate spent seven years at the prison medical facility while serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)  (The Associated Press)

The body of a blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York has been brought back to Egypt for burial after he died in a U.S. federal prison over the weekend.

Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheikh, was arrested in 1993 and convicted in 1995 along with nine followers of conspiracy to blow up the United Nations and several New York landmarks. He was serving a life sentence in prison when he died on Saturday.

Abdel-Rahman was the spiritual leader of Gamaa Islamiya, the most feared militant group in Egypt in the 1980s and 1990s. He fled to the United States in 1990.

Dozens of his followers waited at the Cairo airport on Wednesday to receive the body and take it to his hometown in Dakahliya province.