Aitzaz Hasan: Teen dies stopping suicide bomber at school in Pakistan

A 14-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero in Pakistan for tackling a suicide bomber -- dying at the main gate of his school and saving schoolmates gathered for their morning assembly.

Ninth-grader Aitzaz Hassan Bangash was on his way to the Ibrahimzai School on Monday in the Hangu district of northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when the bomber, dressed in a school uniform, asked him where the school was, the teen's cousin told CNN.

Aitazaz and his cousin, Musadiq Ali Bangash, became suspicious, Musadiq said.

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

Rajab Ali, who also witnessed the bombing, told CNN that he saw Aitazaz throw a large stone at a boy trying to enter the school. The blast happened when Aitazaz grabbed him, he said.

Aitazaz and the bomber died at the scene. Witnesses say the blast injured two other people.

Iftikhar Ahmed, a Hangu district police officer, confirmed the details of the attack to CNN.

Hangu is a troubled district bordering Pakistan's tribal areas. It is rife with sectarian violence, with attacks against Shia and Sunni Muslims.

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

Aitazaz is survived by his father, Mujaad Ali Bangash, a laborer; his elder brother, Mustajab Hassan Bangash, a student in Pakistan; and three sisters.

Local residents such as Nawaz Khan are calling for Aitazaz to receive a posthumous award for his bravery. "He saved the lives of hundreds of students. He deserves more recognition than Malala Yousafzai," he said.

Pakistanis are comparing him to Malala, the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban in October 2012 for promoting education for all boys and girls.

Pakistanis on social media are praising Aitazaz's bravery, with people on Twitter asking everyone to use hastags #onemillionaitzazs or simply #aitzaz and calling for his heroism to be recognized with an award.

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He died a martyr saving many lives.

On the other hand the moron who had gone to attack the school and those that sent him... they have a lot to answer for.

It is a problem that many backers of such groups fail to admit that such things are against Islam and lead to hell.

An example was the recent killing of Hakimullah Mehsood. In Pakistan very few had the courage to say he was orchestrating evil. On the other hand, groups like Jamaati Islamic were not only public in supporting him, but also condeming those murdered in suicide attacks (well, specifically the Pakistan military).

Declaring something haraam to be halaal is kufr and these "religious" groups seems to do this quite often.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

SubhanAllah so much bravery! May Allah grant him the highest level of jannah.

"How many people find fault in what they're reading and the fault is in their own understanding" Al Mutanabbi

A hero's journey is never an easy or a happy one.

That brave brave brave boy.

May Allah (swt) grant him Jannah

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There's something I really don't understand. Maybe it's a way of "seeing things" that I can't comprehend. If everyone knows that life is sacred and our bodies are a gift from Allah which should be looked after, why take your own life by wearing a suicide vest and then take the life of harmless students too? Just why do that and how is it justified in any way whatsoever?


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