Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, a local resident of Balad city in Iraq stopped an ISIS suicide bomber from claiming many lives at his town’s Sayyed Mohammad Shrine.
It has been reported that Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi approached a suicide bomber and hugged him as he made his way to a shrine in Balad, Iraq, after seeing that he was wearing a suicide belt.
The terrorist was one of a number of militants involved in the attack in the town 45 miles north of Baghdad. According to Al-Manar news, the attack was “aimed at destroying the shrine”
Najih physically stopped the terrorist from entering the shrine, hugging him before his explosive laden vest detonated, killing them. His body took direct impact of the explosion, reducing the death toll at the Shrine.
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According to a Joint Operations spokesman in Iraq, the attack caused 70 injuries. The attack comes days after a an attack in Iraq’s Karrada’area which claimed over 300 lives, the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the war to oust Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.
Instead of hundred, only 37 died, thanks to one selfless Muslim
ISIS bombers disguised themselves as local militia in an attempt to storm and destroy what is considered one of Iraq’s most important Shia shrines. The last time such an attack happened, it sparked off the Iraq civil war. The man’s sacrifice ensured that the shrine was not damaged.
‘It is clear the cowardly attack on the shrine aims to spark sectarian tensions and drag Iraq back to the dark days of sectarian conflict,’ Jan Kubis, the UN’s top Iraq envoy, said in a statement.