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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - A British comedian says he was attacked with a bottle at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival while dressed as Moammar Gadhafi.

Jeff Mirza was handing out flyers on the street for his show, dressed as the embattled Libyan leader, when a man approached and asked for a cigarette. Mirza said he shook his head and the man walked on, but when Mirza turned around he was hit on the back of the head with a bottle. He was not seriously hurt.

Mirza is at the annual festival with his show "Jihad: Heresy or Hearsay."

The comedian said Sunday that most festivalgoers had been welcoming. He said "most people at the Fringe get the joke of me being dressed up as a washed up dictator trying to sell the show."

Police say they do not believe the Aug. 14 attack was racially motivated.

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