Pakistan Teen Dies Stopping Suicide Bomber
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping a suicide bomber from attacking his school has been recommended for the country's highest civilian award, a provincial police chief said.
On Friday, Nasir Khan Durrani recommended Aitezaz for Pakistan's top civilian award - Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
Aitezaz Hassan, 15, tackled the bomber as he tried to enter a government school in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Hassan and the bomber died, but no other students or staff were hurt, police said.
"Though I lost my sweet son I have no regret for what he has done. He has done a heroic job and I am proud of his bravery," Mujahid Ali, Aitezaz's father, told Reuters.
The bomber approached the school with explosives hidden under a school uniform on Monday, but students noticed and started shouting out warnings to stop him.
Aitezaz tackled him head on, but the bomb detonated and Aitezaz died of his injuries, said head teacher Azmat Ali.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack.
The boy's parents said no government official or politician had contacted them. Aitezaz's father said authorities could rename the school after him and officially declare him a martyr, a designation that would bring some financial relief to his family.