Malala praises teenage Pakistani bomb hero
Published on Jan 11, 2014 4:28 AM
PESHAWAR (AFP) - Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taleban to champion girls' rights to education, paid tribute Friday to a teenager killed stopping a suicide bomber from attacking a school.
Aitzaz Hassan, 15, a student in Hangu district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has become a national hero after he tackled the bomber who had come to attack his school on Monday, at a time when hundreds of students were inside.
Hassan died in hospital after the bomber blew himself up at the school gates. No one else was wounded or killed in the incident.
Police in Pakistan's troubled northwest have already recommended Hassan for a top civilian honour.
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