When asked why he threw a grenade at George W. Bush during his visit to Georgia, Vladimir Arutyunyan told officials, “I will tell you why I did it. Because Bush is a prick!”
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Arutyunyan said he threw the grenade over his head “like a lob in basketball so that pieces would fly over the armored glass.”
The grenade attack took place on May 10 during Bush’s speech in the center of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The grenade hit a girl’s head and did not go off. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who was also on the podium when Bush spoke, raised the prospect that the grenade could have been directed at him.
Georgian police have revealed that the grenade did not explode because it was “wrapped up too tight in a red handkerchief,” not due to a defective fuse as it was reported earlier, the paper quoted the country’s interior minister, Vano Merabishvili, as saying.
Arutyunyan was detained after a shootout with Georgian police. He killed a police colonel and was wounded himself. His arrest came three days after his photograph was published in Georgian media. The photographs were made by a Polish press photographer who had been taking shots of a pretty woman standing next to the suspected bomber.
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