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Ahmadinejad survives ‘shoe attack’ on Egypt visit

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 14:24

Washington: A new video has emerged that shows a man using a shoe apparently to try and strike Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he greeted a crowd in Egypt.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by a Turkish news service, showed Ahmadinejad in a crush of people smiling and shaking hands until a bearded man comes in the frame holding a shoe high over his head.

The shoe comes down twice in Ahmadinejad’s direction, but too far from the Iranian leader to pose a threat.

According to ABC news, several men then turn on the shoe-brandishing attacker and Ahmadinejad was quickly hustled to a waiting car.

The man was Syrian and accused the Iranian president of “killing his brothers,” said the media report.

The episode was reminiscent of a December 2008 incident in which then-US President George W. Bush famously dodged shoes thrown at him by a local television correspondent during his final visit to Baghdad.


First Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 14:24

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