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Iranian leader Ahmadinejad targeted with shoe in Egypt

Security guards have seized a man who tried to hit Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a shoe as he visited a mosque in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Video of the incident shows a man shouting "coward" as he strikes out. It is not clear what the motive was - some reports suggested it was against Iran's support for Syria's government.

Showing the sole of a shoe is a grave insult in the Arab world.

The BBC's James Reynolds reports.

  • 06 Feb 2013