4 arrested after attacking Ahmadinejad with shoeBy Mason White 10:55 AM February 7, 2013
|Ahmadinejad after the attack in Egypt|
By: Ryan Lee Hall
Iran’s president Ahmadinejad, was not received well in Egypt, as he would have liked, according to press reports in Egypt.
Three Egyptians and one Syrian were arrested after trying to attack the Iranian President Ahmadinejad, in front of the Al-Hussein mosque in Cairo. The Iranian leader is in the Egyptian capital on a visit.
A video recorded by a Turkish camera person showed a young man screaming at Ahmadinejad and trying to hit the President’s head with a shoe, instead hitting one of his bodyguards.
Security sources told news reporters that the three Egyptians were all members of al-Gama’a al-Islamiya, a hardline Islamist group.
The four men were arrested on suspicion of trying to attack the President, the security sources said. The men were held overnight, but released on bail of 500 Egyptian pounds or $75 each on Wednesday.
The Syrian attacker was heard singing anti-Iranian slogans to support the government of Syria.
The Iranian leader’s three-day visit has been described as the latest sign of improved relations between Tehran and Cairo after the uprising of 2011 that toppled longtime ruler in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak and brought an Islamist government in power.
After arrival, the Iranian president and his Egyptian counterpart held a 20-minute talk focusing on the civil war in Syria.
It is the first visit by an Iranian leader to Egypt since 1979.
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