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Pakistani teen killed while stopping suicide bomber, hailed as hero

Published on Jan 9, 2014 11:59 PM
 
Pakistani security personnel examine the site of a sucide bombing in the Ibrahimzai area of Hangu district on Jan 6, 2014. A Pakistani teenager killed when he tackled a suicide bomber at the gates of his school is being hailed as a hero for saving "hundreds" of lives. -- PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A Pakistani teenager killed when he tackled a suicide bomber at the gates of his school is being hailed as a hero for saving "hundreds" of lives.

Fifteen-year-old Aitzaz Hassan, a ninth grader, died in hospital after a bomber blew himself up when the teen stopped him from entering his school in Ibrahimz in the Hangu district in northwestern Pakistan on Monday.

Police official Shakirullah Bangash told Agence France-Presse that Aitzaz intercepted the bomber some 150 metres from the main gate of the school, where the media reported almost 2,000 students were gathered, most of them Shiite, and were the target of the attack.

News of Hassan's bravery has prompted an outpouring of tributes on social media.

 
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