American soldiers have killed an Iraqi civilian after he hurled his shoe at their military convoy in the central city of Fallujah.
Witnesses say US troops opened fire on Ahmed Latif, who was mentally disturbed, after he insulted the soldiers as they patrolled in the centre of the city.
US troops, however, claim that they acted in self-defense since they had assumed that their convoy was being targeted with a 'suspected grenade', AFP reported.
"Positive identification of the attacker was made, and US forces fired in self-defense wounding the attacker," said the US Army in a statement. Ahmed Latif, 32, died of gunshot wounds in the hospital.
The violent incident came only one day after Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former US President George W. Bush last December, was released from a Baghdad prison after serving a nine-month term.
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