Thursday, July 30, 2015

Teen tackles suicide bomber, dies saving classmates in Pakistan

A teenager is being hailed as a hero after reportedly preventing a suicide bomber from killing his classmates. Aitazaz Hassan Bangash was supposedly on his way to the Ibrahimzai School in Pakistan when he and his cousin noticed a suspicious man in a school uniform.

Teen tackles suicide bomber, dies saving classmates in Pakistan

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A teenager is being hailed as a hero after reportedly preventing a suicide bomber from killing his classmates. Aitzaz Hassan Bangash was supposedly on his way to the Ibrahimzai School in Pakistan when he and his cousin noticed a suspicious man in a school uniform.

Apparently, the man asked the boys where the school was and, when Aitzaz questioned him, a struggle ensued. The bomber reportedly panicked and detonated his device while wrestling with the boy.

The incident took place on Monday in Ibrahimzai, a Shia-dominated region of Hangu, in north-western Pakistan. There were almost 2,000 students in attendance at the time of the attack, media reports say.

"My cousin sacrificed his life saving his school and hundreds of students and school fellows," his cousin Mudassar Hassan Bangish told the BBC's Aleem Maqbool.

"The suicide bomber wanted to destroy the school and school students. It was my cousin who stopped him from this...destruction."

To read more about Aitzaz and his heroics in the Hangu district of Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, check out the full report at BBC News.

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