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High school to be renamed for 9th grader who died stopping suicide bomber

A high school in northwestern Pakistan is honoring a ninth grade student who died protecting the building from a suicide bomber on January 6; the school will be renamed the Shaheed Aitizaz Hasan Government High School.

By JC Finley
High school to be renamed for 9th grader who died stopping suicide bomber
A school in northwestern Pakistan, like the one pictured, was targeted by a suicide bomber on January 6, 2014. The attack was thwarted when a ninth grade male student stopped the bomber from entering the school. The suicide bomber detonated, killing himself and the 15-year old student. (CC/UK Department for International Development)

A high school in northwestern Pakistan will be renamed in honor of ninth grader Aitizaz Hasan, who gave his life protecting the school from a suicide bomber on January 6.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government's Chief Minister Pervez Khattak announced Monday that Government High School Ibrahimzai would be re-named in honor of the 15-year old student.

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Khattak also announced that a stadium would be constructed and named after the teen, and that 5 million Rupels -- or $47,463 USD -- had been given to compensate Aitizaz Hasan's family.

Aitizaz was outside the gate of Government High School Ibrahimzai on January 6 when he noticed a suspicious man between 20 and 25 years old who claimed to be a student.

Another student who was with Aitizaz noticed the detonator and ran into the school, packed with 2,000 other students. When Aitizaz prevented the bomber from entering the school, the attacker detonated his charge.

Aitizaz died from his injuries at a hospital.

He was hailed a hero for his actions. Student Atif Hussain described the impact of the teen's sacrifice: "Aitizaz died for education and no one can snatch that right from us."

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[Khyber News]

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