Pakistan's hero: school boy who stopped suicide bomber
A Pakistani boy, who died trying to defend his school in the troubled north-west from a suicide bomber, has been praised as a national hero with his name being recommended for a top civilian honour for saving the lives of many of his classmates.
Aitzaz Hassan, 15, tackled a suicide bomber as he stood outside as a punishment for being late to school in Hangu, a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Monday.
Aitzaz grabbed the bomber but he could not stop him from detonating the bomb and died of his wounds in hospital later. No one else was wounded or killed in the incident.
According to AFP, Nasir Khan Durrani, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief of police, has written to the provincial chief minister recommending Hassan for the posthumous award.
"The suicide bomber tried to enter the school where hundreds of students were studying. Aitzaz Hassan sacrificed his life and stopped the bomber with bravery and courage," the police statement issued late on Thursday said.
And from the BBC:
Despite the pleas of his fellow students, he decided to confront and capture the bomber who was approaching the school, his cousin told the BBC's Aleem Maqbool.
"He told them 'I'm going to stop him. He is going to school to kill my friends'. He wanted to capture this suicide bomber. He wanted to stop [him]. Meanwhile the suicide bomber blasted himself which resulted in the death of my cousin," Mudassar Hassan Bangish said.