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Thursday, November 10, 2016

ISIS Snipers Thwarted by Iraqi Hero in Bulletproof BMW

An Iraqi man has been honored as a hero for saving 70 people from ISIS sniper fire in his bulletproof BMW.

Ako Abdulrahman was in Kirkuk on Oct. 21 when snipers attacked the oil-rich city. The 32-year-old man from Taza Khurmatou quickly realized that an armored vehicle he purchased at an auction for $10,000 would be the only hope for shuttling victims to safety — so he went to work.

“I told myself, this is the right time to help people, this is the right moment to do it. I am a [Peshmerga] fighter and I have a bulletproof car, shame on me if I can’t help,” Mr. Abdulrahman said of his decision to drive into a hail of bullets, CNN reported Monday. “When I arrived at the scene, I saw many people on the ground, civilians and security forces and no one could dare to come close because of ISIS snipers and random shooting.”

The Iraqi man said he never bothered to consider the religion or ethnicity of the people he saved — just that they were his people in need.

“In my car, I carried Sunni, Shiite, Kurds, Turkmen and Christians,” he added. “I felt like I am truly Iraq and this is who everyone should be. My car received more than 50 bullets, [there are] marks all over it. ISIS kept shooting, hoping to penetrate my car to kill me and kill the wounded people inside it.”

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's a movie to be made here.

Anonymous said...

I bet he still didn't use his turn signal.

All joking aside, an absolute hero and humanitarian.

Anonymous said...

This man deserves the highest of praise from all. He is a true humanitarian hero. We all should strive to be exactly like him.