KANDAHAR (AFP) - An Afghan hurled shoes at a presidential hopeful on the campaign trail Monday in a gesture of disgust apparently copied from a similar attack on former US president George W. Bush. The tribesman threw his shoes at Shahnawz Tanai, one of 41 presidential candidates in the August 20 election, at a rally in the southern province of Helmand but missed his target, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP. He (Tanai) was speaking to his supporters in a gathering. Several men shouted Allah Akhbar (God is greater) and one of them threw his shoes at him, Ahmadi said. As he threw his shoes, he shouted, 'Go away, we dont need you. The shoes did not strike him, Ahmadi added. The man was dragged away by security forces. Tanai continued his speech without further incident, said Pacha Khan. The candidate, leader of the Afghanistan Peace Movement party, is among 40 people standing against President Hamid Karzai at the August polls. Tanai was defence minister under the communist government in the late 80s and in 1990 staged a failed coup against then president, Najibullah. Once a supporter of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the main leaders in an insurgency plaguing Karzais government, Tanai is alleged to have links to Pakistans intelligence agency, which helped the extremist Taliban to power. The world has seen several cases of shoe-throwing against prominent figures since an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at Bush in December.