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Pakistan honours teenage bomb hero with bravery award

Published on Jan 11, 2014 3:36 PM
This undated family handout photograph released on Jan 10, 2014, shows Pakistani student Aitzaz Hassan, who was killed in a suicide attack outside his school in Hangu district. -- PHOTO: AFP/FAMILY HANDOUT

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A Pakistani teenager who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber, saving the lives of hundreds of students, has been handed the country's highest award for bravery.

Aitzaz Hassan, 15, a student in Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has become a national hero after tackling the bomber who came to attack his school on Monday, with hundreds of students 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.

The office of Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif said it had advised President Mamnoon Hussain "to approve the conferment of Sitara-e-Shujjat (star of bravery) to Shaheed (martyred) Aitzaz Hassan.

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