72 Year-Old Iraqi Blasts Suicide Bomber- Saves Town!
A 72 year-old “Concerned Citizen” blasted a suicide bomber before the suicide bomber could blast his checkpoint in Iraq.
A member of the Concerned Local Citizens Group is seen in Quarghuli Village, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007. Lt. Gen. Odierno paid a visit to the village to thank the concerned citizens, armed residents who provide security in the restive area. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
A 72 year-old Iraqi man and member of the Concerned Citizens program took out a suidcide bomber in Arab Jabour this week.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – A 72-year-old man stopped a suspected suicide bomber from detonating himself at a checkpoint in Arab Jabour Oct. 14.
The man approached a checkpoint where Mudhehr Fayadh Baresh was standing guard, but did not make it very far.
Baresh, a tribal commissioner and member of the Arab Jabour Concerned Citizens program, said he ordered the man to lift his shirt – using training received from Coalition Forces – when he did not recognize him as a local villager.
The suspect refused to lift his shirt. Baresh repeated the command again, and the suspect exposed his suicide vest, running toward the checkpoint.
Baresh opened fire which caused the vest to detonate, killing the suspect.
“I did it for the honor of my family and the honor of my country,” said Baresh, when he met with Col. Terry Ferrell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Adgie, commander of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment presented Mudher with a battalion coin for his valor Oct. 16.
It’s not just in Texas where the 70 year-olds are known to pack heat.