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American student arrested in Cairo arrives in US

world Updated: Nov 30, 2011 09:26 IST

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An American student arrested during a protest in Cairo and later freed by an Egyptian court is back home in Philadelphia.

Nineteen-year-old Gregory Porter arrived at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday afternoon. He is from nearby Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Porter and two other US students had been arrested on the roof of a university building near Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square last Sunday. Officials accused them of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters.

Twenty-one-year-old Luke Gates of Bloomington, Indiana, and 19-year-old Derrik Sweeney of Jefferson City, Missouri, also left the Egyptian capital and were expected to arrive on US soil later Saturday.

All were studying at the American University in Cairo.

A relative of Porter's, Sharon Sloan, says his family is "thrilled that he's home."