PESHAWAR: Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban to champion girls’ rights to education, paid tribute to a teenager killed stopping a suicide bomber from attacking a school.
Aitzaz Hassan, 15, a student in Hangu district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has become a national hero after he tackled the bomber who had come to attack his school on Monday, at a time when hundreds of students were inside.
Hassan died in hospital after the bomber blew himself up at the school gates. No one else was wounded or killed in the incident.
Malala described him as “brave and courageous”. “In sacrificing his own life, Aitzaz protected hundreds of innocent young students from being killed”, she said in a statement.
“I wish that in giving his own life he helps to bring peace to my people and my country”, she added. Malala offered condolences to his family and called for the government to award Hassan the “highest national award”. “His bravery must never be forgotten,” she said.