A Pakistani teenager is being heralded a hero after tackling a suicide bomber heading into his school.
Aitzaz Hasan Bangash was on his way to school Monday in Northwestern Pakistan when he and some classmates spotted the bomber, disguising the bomb under his school uniform.
"The other students backed off, but Aitzaz challenged the bomber and tried to catch him. During the scuffle, the bomber panicked and detonated his bomb," Aitzaz's cousin, Musadiq Ali Bangash, told CNN.
The bomber and Aitzaz died upon detonation, according to eyewitnesses at the school. Two others were injured in the bombing, CNN reported.
"The suicide bomber wanted to destroy the school and school students. It was my cousin who stopped him from this...destruction," Mudassar Hasan Bangish told the BBC.
The thwarted attack was the work of a Sunni Muslim sectarian group, known as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, who is known for attacking the predominantly Shiite area, Reuters reports.
Aitzaz's sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. People across the Twitter-sphere and other social media outlets are applauding the actions of the young Aitzaz.
The Pakistani Prime minister's office endorsed him for a "Sitara-e-Shujaat" or Star of Bravery award on Friday.
"Shaheed (martyr) Aitzaz's brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism," the statement released by the prime minister said.
Though Aitzaz's family mourns his death, they are also proud of his valor. "Though I lost my sweet son I have no regret for what he has done. He has done a heroic job and I am proud of his bravery," Aitzaz's father, Mujahid Ali, told Reuters.
"My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children," he is quoted as saying in Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper.