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Malala praises teenage Pakistani bomb hero

Published on Jan 11, 2014 4:28 AM
 
Mr Mujtaba Hussan (2nd left), brother of Aitezaz Hassan who was killed in a suicide bomb attack, sits with students of the high school next to a framed portrait of Hassan in a classroom at the Government High School Ibrahim Zai in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan Jan 10, 2014. Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taleban to champion girls' rights to education, paid tribute Aitezaz Hassan for his heroic act. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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