Aitzaz Hassan death: I'm proud my 15 year old son stopped Pakistan suicide bomber, says father
Mujahid Ali Bangash is proud that his son has become a martyr by 'sacrificing his life for a noble cause'
“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”
These were the words spoken this week in the north-west of Pakistan by a man whose teenage son was killed as he stopped a suicide bomber entering a school.
Aitzaz Hassan, 15, died in hospital after confronting the bomber who then blew himself up at the school gates in the district of Hangu on Monday. As people across Pakistan spoke out in praise of the teenager’s courage, the boy’s father returned to the country from the Middle East to offer his own tribute.
“Aitzaz has made us proud by valiantly intercepting the bomber and saving the lives of hundreds of his fellow students,” 55-year-old Mujahid Ali Bangash, told the AFP news agency. “I am happy that my son has become a martyr by sacrificing his life for a noble cause.”
Reports say the incident took place on Monday in Ibrahimzai, a Shia-dominated region of Hangu. The Shia, along with other religious minorities, have increasingly been the targets of deadly attacks in Pakistan. Hangu borders Orakzai, one of Pakistan's seven tribal agencies on the Afghan border.
There were anywhere up to 2,000 students in the school when Aitzaz and his friends spotted a man standing outside the school, wearing a suicide vest. Despite the pleas of his fellow students who ran inside, the teenager decided to confront and capture the bomber who then detonated his vest
Mr Bangash works in the UAE and was only able to reach Ibrahimzai village the day after his son's funeral. Family members have described how the youngster was nicknamed “wrestler” because he was slightly plump. He was a keen student and apparently had ambitions of becoming a doctor.
The teenager’s father said many people in the area would like to see the teenager posthumously given an award for his bravery. He compared him to the Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot and badly injured by the Taliban in 2012.
“Many people are coming to see me but if they try to express sympathy, I tell them to congratulate me instead on becoming the father of a martyr,” he said. “I will be even more than happy if my second son also sacrifices his life for the country.”
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause – why was it published?
- 4 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
- 5 Cancel Sky at your peril: man spends 96 minutes in chat but fails to get rid of service
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
'Jihadi John': Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi wanted to wage jihad in Somalia until his friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£60000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£55000 - £60000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Experienced Software Dev...
£16000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This award winning independent ...
£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant - Immediate ...