Iraq blast: Man embraces suicide bomber, reducing the death toll outside Shiite shrineIndia.com
New Delhi, July 10: After the deadly attack that killed nearly 300 people in Baghdad this months, a second attack by an ISIS suicide bomber claimed 26 lives on Friday. However, the death toll could have been much higher had it not been for Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, a local resident of Balad. The man, now being hailed as a hero, mitigated the impact of the blast embracing the suicide bomber just before he was about to pull the trigger.
As a result, Al-Baldawi’s body absorbed most of the impact from the explosion. According to local media, the suicide bomber’s target was the Sayyed Mohammad Shrine, a Shiite shrine 80 km north of Baghdad. Hundreds of Muslims, including women and children, were present at the shrine celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. In addition to destroying the shrine, the suicide bomber also intended to kill policemen guarding the shrine.
According to Iraqi police officials, 26 people died and a number of other were injured. This attacks comes days after the attack in Baghdad, which killed almost 300 people. It was the deadliest attack in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003. ISIS claimed responsibility for both attacks.”