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Pakistani teen sacrifices self to save hundreds from suicide bomber

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KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, Pakistan (CNN) – A teenager in Pakistan is being hailed as a hero for sacrificing his life to stop a suicide bomber outside his school.

Officials say 14-year-old Aitazaz Hassan Bangash was on his way to class for a morning assembly when someone dressed in a school uniform asked him for directions to the school.

The teen became suspicious and confronted the bomber.

Musadiq Ali Bangash, Aitazaz’s cousin, 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.”

Aitazaz and the bomber were both killed and two others were injured.

However, residents say the teen’s actions saved hundreds of Shia and Sunni students who were at the morning assembly.

Many are now calling on officials to give the teen a posthumous award for his bravery.