Amazing Pictures: Overpowering a Suicide Bomber in Kirkuk
This comes via nahrain.com which in turn takes it from something called 'Turkuman News Bureau'. The events allegedly happened today at the Zahra Husseiniya (Shia house of worship) in Kirkuk; the husseiniya belongs to the Turkuman Shia community.
A 16 year-old suicide bomber, carrying a fake ID card under the name 'Muhammad Hussein Jawdet' fired a shot at one of the husseiniya's security guards, wounding the guard, and then tried to enter the site while shouting 'allahu akbar' ('God is great'). He was overpowered by the other guards, and prevented from detonating his suicide vest.
Startling and life-affirming pictures. The boy appears a bit drugged, or he may have been roughed up (...no signs of bruising and blood though). Jihadists usually pump up their bombers with sedatives so that they can go on with their missions.
We've heard of dozens of stories in which brave Iraqi Army, Police and private guards have put their lives at risk by tackling suicides bombers, many of whom died while saving others from the full impact of the blasts, but this is the first time I've spotted pictures of such acts of heroism.
Had the boy succeeded, and killed a few dozen worshippers, then the western press would have harped on about one more bombing highlighting the "the rapidly deteriorating security situation." Analysts and 'experts' would have salivated at the expanding death toll, seemingly validating their bleak assessment of Iraq's future. These pictures speak to how regular Iraqis are refusing to succumb to terror, choosing life for others even though it may mean the end of theirs.
Few societies have ever witnessed the unique horrors visited upon by the Iraqi people in the last three decades, and yet, rather than be broken, every day brings more evidence that this a people who refuse to bow down to their circumstances. But how can that story be told when the press corps is burdened with cynics and nihilists, who can't even imagine what it would take to embrace a suicide bomber so that others may live?