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Pakistan: School To Be Named After Hero Pupil
The Pakistani schoolboy who became a national hero for tackling a suicide bomber is to be honoured.
Fifteen-year-old Aitzaz Hasan will have his school and a new stadium named after him.
The teenager stopped the attacker before he was able to get into the school building and strike an assembly, potentially saving hundreds of pupils' lives.
The bomber blew himself up about 150 metres from the main gate.
Aitzaz, from the mainly Shia Ibrahimzai village in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, died in hospital after last week's explosion.
No other victims were killed or hurt in the blast at the school which has around 1,000 students.
A senior adviser to the provincial government, Amjad Afridi, along with another top official have visited Aitzaz's family and paid their respects.
Mr Afridi said: "We have decided to name Aitzaz Hasan's school after him. We will also construct a sports stadium in Hangu and will name it after Hassan."
He said the provincial government would also donate £28,000 to the boy's parents.
The office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already said it would seek "to approve the boy being honoured with a top bravery award known as Sitara-e-Shujjat (star of bravery).
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for championing the right of girls to education, also paid tribute.
She described Aitzaz as "brave and courageous".
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