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A man has been hailed a hero after he apparently took his own life by hugging a suicide bomber.
Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi noticed a man walking towards a shrine in Balad, Iraq, wearing a suicide belt and wrapped himself around him in a bid to save the lives of countless other people.
The terrorist then detonated his bomb taking his own and Najih's lives, according to Al Masdar News. It has been reported that the suicide bomber was on his way to the Sayyed Mohammad Shrine where he was planning to assist ISIS in attacks against the place of worship.
An honourable man from #Balad, Najih Shakir,holds the suicide bomber & attains martyrdom,preventing many more deaths pic.twitter.com/fFKZhxZvv7
- Mohammed Al-Hilli (@malhilli) 8 July 2016
The attacks that were carried out resulted in the deaths of 40 people, while 74 others were left injured.
Jan Kubis, the UN's top Iraq envoy, said in a statement: "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."
Our hearts go out to all those who lost their lives. RIP.
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