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Bush apologizes for Quran shooting: Iraq TV

US soldier used Holy Book as shooting practice

U.S. President George W. Bush has apologized to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki over the shooting of a Quran by an American soldier near Baghdad, state television announced on Tuesday.

"The prime minister received an apology from U.S. President George W. Bush on the incident of shooting of a Quran by a U.S. soldier," Al-Iraqia television said.

U.S. military authorities in Iraq have apologized to the local community west of Baghdad where the soldier fired at the Quran on May 11 during shooting practice. The soldier has since been expelled from his unit and sent home.