An Iraqi police officer gave his life trying to save others from a suicide bomber.
An Iraqi police officer was the hero of a suicide bomb attack in a crowded market street when his brave action perhaps saved dozens of lives in the southern city of Hillah. Even so the death toll was put at 60.
Mohammed Raad and his friends, Ali and Abdullah Sami, had just left a nearby gym when the first explosion ripped through the market overturning carts and blowing out shop windows.
Over the chaos, Mr Raad clearly heard a police officer shout “suicide bomber”.
He saw the officer run towards a man who had opened his jacket to reveal a belt of explosives. With a last heroic gesture, the policeman threw his arms around the bomber, shielding others with his own body from the force of the second blast, according to Mr Raad and other witnesses. “He hugged him and the explosives tore apart both bodies,” Mr Raad said.