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Teen Stops Bomber Near Pakistan School, Saving Hundreds of Lives

By    |   Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 12:05 PM

A teen stopped a bomber from detonating an explosive device in his Pakistan school on Monday, sacrificing his life in the process.

Aitazaz Hassan Bangash, a 14-year-old ninth-grader, tackled the suicide bomber at the school's gate after confronting the terrorist, who was also described as being a young man dressed in a school uniform, CNN reported.

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The incident occurred in the Hangu district of northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The suicide bomber had asked Bangash for directions to the school building, which made the 14-year-old suspicious, the teen's cousin Musadiq Ali Bangash who was in the area at the time told CNN.

"The other students backed off, but Aitazaz challenged the bomber and tried to catch him," Musadiq said. "During the scuffle, the bomber panicked and detonated his bomb."

According to Bangash, the bomb went off immediately after Aitazaz grabbed the suicide bomber.

"It was a great sacrifice to save the lives of hundreds of both Shia and Sunni students, who were in morning assembly," Musadiq added.

According to witnesses, two other people were injured at the scene from the blast.

The Hangu district, which borders Pakistan's tribal areas, is plagued by sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, CNN noted.

Locals have compared Aitazaz to Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who in October 2012 was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating for girls' education. Many locals have demanded that the 14-year-old who stopped the bomber receive a posthumous award for his bravery.

"He saved the lives of hundreds of students. He deserves more recognition than Malala Yousafzai," Local resident Nawaz Khan said.

Aitazaz’s father Mujahid Ali Bangash, 55, told Agence France-Presse that his son died a hero.

"Aitazaz has made us proud by valiantly intercepting the bomber and saving the lives of hundreds of his fellow students," he said. "I am happy that my son has become a martyr by sacrificing his life for a noble cause."

In addition to his father, and elder brother, Aitazaz is also survived by three sisters.

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