A Wichita, Kansas, university student is being hailed as a hero, along with another man, for stopping an ISIS-planned suicide bombing in Saudi Arabia. Both of their lives were claimed during the heroic deed.
Wichita State University (WSU) student Abdul-Jalil al-Arbash, 22, and Mohammed Hassan Ali bin Isa were working as volunteer security guards at the Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, when a man disguised as a woman tried to enter the mosque through a closed female entrance and then attempted to go through the main gate, where the men were stationed at a civilian checkpoint.
An eyewitness said al-Arbash and Ali bin Isa chased the bomber away from the mosque and died when he detonated the explosives in the mosque parking lot, reports The Independent. A total of four people were killed.
“They saved a lot of lives by stopping the bomber from getting inside the mosque,” a local man, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “They are both heroes.”
A video (embedded below) was captured inside the mosque as the bomb exploded outside, and displays the aftermath of the bombing.
Al-Arbash, an electrical engineering student at WSU, was in his home country of Saudi Arabia for the summer to get married, reports KWCH 12. The wedding had reportedly taken place just days before his death.
WSU released a statement that stated the university is saddened by al-Arbash’s death and extended its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attempted mosque bombing. In a post to a Facebook page used by its followers, the group named the bomber as Abu Jandal al-Jazrawi and referred to him as a “soldier of the caliphate.”
Social media has been awash with posts heralding al-Arbash and Ali bin Isa as heroes and martyrs.
Photo Credit: The Independent