A Hug That Cost This Man His Life But Saved The Lives Of Dozens Of Others

Courage personified.

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After the worst ISIS attack earlier this month that claimed 292 lives in Baghdad, suicide bombers and gunmen on 8 July, attacked a Shia shrine in the Iraqi town of Balad, killing at least 35 people

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That death toll, however, could have been MUCH HIGHER had it not been for Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, a local, who reportedly took his own life in order to save the lives of countless other people there

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According to Al Masdar News, Al-Baldawi, after noticing the suicide bomber's belt, approached him and hugged him as the ISIS militant tried to make his way to the shrine in Balad. At which moment, the militant detonated his bomb, taking both their lives.

As a result, Al-Baldawi's body absorbed the explosion, mitigating its impact.

Najih Al-Baldawi's selfless and extraordinary sacrifice has been hailed as an act of valour by hundreds of people on Twitter

Najih's story reminds us of 15-year-old Aitzaz Hasan from Pakistan who threw himself on a suicide bomber and saved 2,000 lives:

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