Muslims pray for release of Bush attacker

December 20th, 2008 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) A section of Muslims here has offered special prayers for the early release of Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi who hurled shoes at US President George W. Bush, a cleric said Saturday.The prayers have been organised in prominent seminaries and mosques in Lucknow on the call of the Islamic Centre of India, said Maulana Khalid Rasheed, who heads the city’s oldest Islamic seminary Firangi Mahal.

Maulana Rasheed told IANS: “We will continue to hold such prayers till Zaidi is freed.”

Muntazer al-Zaidi, a reporter for the Cairo-based al-Baghdadiya TV, threw both his shoes at the outgoing president at a news conference. Bush ducked and was not injured.

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