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Hero officer saves lives by bear-hugging suicide bomber in Kabul

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KABUL, Afghanistan -

Fourteen people were killed and 18 others were injured when an attacker detonated a bomb at a political gathering a Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. But authorities say those numbers could be much larger had it not been for the selfless actions of one police officer. 

Lieutenant Sayed Basam Pacha, 25. shouted at the suspect to stop before he ran toward the suspect and bearhugged him. Seconds later the bomb was detonated. Fourteen people were killed, including Lt. Pacha and seven other officers and six civilians. Police say there is no doubt Pacha's sacrifice blunted the blast and kept more from being killed or hurt.

"He's a hero, he saved many lives," Police spokesman Basir Mujahed told the New York Times.

Lt. Pacha had two degrees and previously studied in Turkey.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack outside a wedding hall where the event was being held. The Taliban denied involvement. 

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