Pakistan to name school, stadium after teenage 'bomb hero'
Published on Jan 13, 2014 4:27 PM
PESHAWAR (AFP) - A Pakistani schoolboy who sacrificed his own life to save hundreds of his classmates by tackling a suicide bomber will have his school and a stadium named after him, officials said on Monday.
Aitzaz Hassan, a 15-year-old from the mainly Shiite Ibrahimzai village in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province become a national hero after intercepting the bomber before he was able to enter Hassan's school last week.
The teen died in hospital after the bomber blew himself up some 150m from the main gate of the school of 1,000 students, though no one else was wounded or killed in the incident.
Mr Amjad Afridi, a senior adviser to the provincial government, told AFP: "We have decided to name Aitzaz Hassan's school after him. We will also construct a sports stadium in Hangu and will name it after Hassan."
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