Saudi citizen offers 10mn dollars for Iraqi reporter's 'shoes' hurled at Bush

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Lahore, Dec 16 (ANI): The shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist at United States President George W Bush in Iraq has gained 'immortal fame'.

According to an Arab TV channel, a Saudi citizen has offered 10 million dollars to buy the shoes thrown at the US president by TV reporter Muntazeral Zaidi who was detained after being accused of a 'barbaric act' by the Iraqi government.

Thousands of Iraqi citizens protested for Zaidi's release, calling him a national hero, the Daily Times reported.

Earlier, the US president had said, "I don't know what the guy's cause is, I didn't feel the least bit threatened by it."

Thousands of Shiites marched in his support in a slum of Baghdad. On the blogosphere, people hailed Muntader al-Zaidi as a folk hero and prayed for his welfare.

Across a gleeful Arab world yesterday, al-Zaidi, the shoe-tossing Iraqi journalist who protested at President George W. Bush's news conference, had grown into an iconic figure, lauded as a patriot who eloquently expressed the popular mood.

While emotions ran high on the Arab street, the incident also raised questions about security lapses during Bush's farewell tour. (ANI)

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