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Pakistan to honor student who died tackling suicide bomber with Star of Bravery

On Jan. 10, Pakistan’s prime minister announced that Aitzaz Hasan, the ninth grader who died Monday tackling a suicide bomber, preventing the bomber from getting to his crowded school, “should be honored with the nation's highest civil award of bravery.”

His ‘brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism.’ ~ Pakistan Prime Minister
YouTube screenshot/CNN

… Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif praised the boy in a statement, saying his "brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism." Sharif advised President Mamnoon Hussain to approve the conferment of Pakistan's Star of Bravery to Hasan, the statement said. ~ USA Today

Also today, one of Hasan's teachers, Azmat Ali, said that the heroic student "played a significant role while stopping the suicide bomber. Our school is really proud of him."

Pakistan has been plagued by many suicide bombers attacking public venues in recent years, including Aitzaz’s home district of Hangu.

CNN reported yesterday that young Aitazaz died tackling the suicide bomber as he was making his way towards Aitazaz’s school on Monday, at a time when students at the school were gathering for a morning assembly.

Aitzaz met the suspicious suicide bomber minutes earlier, when “the bomber, dressed in a school uniform, asked him [Aitazaz] where the school was.”

As the bomber turned and walked toward the school, young Aitazaz ran after him, threw a rock at him, and tackled him at the school’s main entrance.

“During the scuffle, the bomber panicked and detonated his bomb," said Aitazaz’s cousin, who was also at the scene.

Both Aitazaz and the bomber died when the bomb exploded.

"It was a great sacrifice to save the lives of hundreds of both Shia and Sunni students, who were in morning assembly," said Aitazaz’s cousin, Musadiq Ali Bangash, who witnessed the tragedy.

For more on the heroic actions of young Aitzaz Hasan, who sacrificed his own life to save his schoolmates from that suicide bomber, see the video accompanying this article.

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