A man has been hailed a hero after he apparently took his own life to save the lives of countless other people.
It has been reported that Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi approached a suicide bomber and hugged him as he made his way to a shrine in Balad, Iraq, after seeing that he was wearing a suicide belt.
Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom, issues a statement outside her home in Northamptonshire, after a newspaper suggested she was using her status as a mother to gain an advantage over Theresa May. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 9, 2016. In an interview with The Times, Mrs Leadsom said: "Genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake." Her remarks were reported just days after the Home Secretary spoke about how she and husband Philip were affected by being unable to have children.
The terrorist was one of a number of militants involved in the attack in the town 45 miles north of Baghdad.
shrine at Balad town, 70 kilometers northern of Baghdad, Iraq, 08 July 2016. At least 37 people were killed and dozens were injured in a suicide bomb attack targeted at Shiite shrine in Balad town, Iraqi police said. Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack. EPA/ALI ABBAS
People gather at the site of a suicide attack at the entrance of the Shi'ite Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi in Balad, north of Baghdad, Iraq, J
The suicide bombers were taken out before they could get inside the shrine (Picture: Reuters)
In total 40 people were killed and 74 were wounded as the shrine was targeted with mortar fire then by suicide bombers wearing security force uniforms.
Security forces fired on the bombers, who were not able to enter the shrine, and two of them blew themselves up, while a third was shot dead, he said.
Homeless man given job by painters he asked for change
The attack sparked a fire that caused heavy damage to the market near the shrine
Daesh issued a statement claiming the attack, saying that five jihadists took part, killing guards at the shrine, then clashing with Iraqi forces for hours before detonating explosives they were carrying.
‘It is clear the cowardly attack on the shrine aims to spark sectarian tensions and drag Iraq back to the dark days of sectarian conflict,’ Jan Kubis, the UN’s top Iraq envoy, said in a statement.