Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, a local resident of Balad city in Iraq stopped a suicide bomber from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) from claiming many lives at his town’s Sayyed Mohammad Shrine. 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. 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.
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