Man held for aiming shoe at Ahmadinejad in Egypt

Indo Asian News Service

London, Feb 6 (IANS) A man has been detained in Egypt capital Cairo for trying to hit Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a shoe as he visited a mosque, BBC reported.

A video of the incident shows a man shouting "coward" at Ahmadinejad.

It was not clear what the motive was. Media reports suggested it was against Iran's support for the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Ahmadinejad is attending a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, a grouping of 57 mainly Muslim countries.

Tuesday's incident occurred as Ahmadinejad was leaving Cairo's al-Hussein mosque.

A video released by Turkish news agency Anadolu shows a man straining forward in the crowd with a shoe in his hand.

The man, believed to be Syrian because of his accent, was reportedly arrested by police after being restrained by security guards, BBC said.

Outside the mosque, four youths waved placards scrawled with slogans against Iran over its support for Assad.