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.
Appearing with a missing front tooth, the 30-year-old journalist said he was tortured by senior government officials while in jail.
Al-Zaidi says he was beaten with iron bars, whipped with cords and electrocuted immediately after guards removed him from a news conference where he hurled both shoes at Bush.
He has also claimed to be 'waterboarded' while in custody. He has vowed to reveal names of those involved in mistreating him.
Al-Zaidi's brother, Dhirgham al-Zaidi, says the journalist is planning to travel to Greece for medical treatment since he suffered both physical and psychological trauma while in jail.
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