Mosque Umayyid-Damascus-James Gordon losangeles-flickr-ccAn Iraqi policeman has been hailed a hero after throwing his arms around a suicide bomber to shield others from the blast.

The bomber struck northeast of Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 10 who were on a Shia pilgrimage, police said.

But the toll would almost certainly have been higher if not for 34-year-old Ayyub Khalaf.

“His name will be an eternal symbol because he saved the lives of dozens of innocents,” said Khalaf’s friend.

(READ the story in the Daily Mail)

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