Iraq policeman sacrifices himself to save pilgrims from suicide bomber
BAQUBA (AFP) - An Iraqi policeman sacrificed himself on Wednesday as he tried to protect Shiite pilgrims, embracing a suicide bomber just moments before the man exploded, officials said.
The bomber struck in the Khales area northeast of Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 10, a police colonel and a doctor said.
The colonel said one of the dead was a policeman who had been guarding the pilgrims. He threw his arms around the bomber just before the attack in a bid to shield others.
The policeman was Ayyub Khalaf, 34, who was married and had two children, his friend Saad Naim told AFP.