BALAD, Iraq — An Iraqi man prevented an ISIS suicide bomber from reaching his intended target Thursday night, saving hundreds in the process, Al-Masdar News reports.
During an attack in Balad, 45 miles north of Baghdad, Najih Shakir Al-Baldawi physically stopped the bomber from destroying the Sayed Mohammed Shrine, hugging him tightly. The ISIS militant then detonated his vest, killing both men. Al-Baldawi’s heroic act contained the blast, saving the shrine and hundreds of lives.
The shrine was later targeted by mortar fire, killing 40 people and wounding 74, according to Metro. Other militants attempted to enter the shrine but were unsuccessful.