A brave teen is being credited with saving the lives of many this week when he threw himself on the a suicide bomber who was about to detonate inside his school.
There were some 2,000 students inside the north-western Pakistan school on Monday when 15-year-old Aitzaz Hasan spotted the bomber, who was dressed in a school uniform, and made the decision to stop him.
Pleas from his classmates went ignored as Aitzaz marched up to the terrorist and confronted him.
"So he told [his classmates] 'I'm going to stop him. He is going to school to kill my friends,'" an eyewitness recalled. "He wanted to capture this suicide bomber. He wanted to stop [him]."
The Hangu district, where the bombing took place, is home to regular bouts of deadly sectarian violence due to its proximity to semi-autonomous tribal regions with heavy Taliban and al-Qaeda presence.
Many locals are hoping that Aitzaz's sacrifice could be seen as a uniting force against the ongoing bloodshed.
Hangu's shaheed Aitzaz Hasan is #Pakistan's pride. Give him a medal at least. Another young one with heartstopping courage #AitzazBraveheart