Story of 12 Real Life Superheroes Who Saved Lives And Showed That The World Isn't Giving Up Just Yet!

Dhaka, Istanbul, Baghdad, Medina and now Dallas - we have lost count of how many people have died or been injured this past month. Every morning there's news of a suicide attack, bomb blast or shootout.  

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But wait.

If there are terrorists who kill, then there are people who save lives without thinking about their own. Such people give us hope that humanity is still alive. Here's an ode to 12 such bravehearts.

Adel Termos, a Beirut resident 

Adel
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On November 13, 2015, two suicide bomb blasts rocked a shopping complex in Southern Beirut in which 45 people died and more than 200 were wounded. Adel was out with his young daughter shopping in the same complex. Suddenly a blast rocked the complex and in no time many people were lying dead. Adel saw the second suicide bomber rushing towards the crowd assembled in the corner. He took his daughter to a safe corner and without worrying about his life faced the bomber. He grappled with him and tackled him to the ground, causing him to detonate. Both Adil and suicide bomber died in the explosion, but many other lives were saved. 
He left behind his wife, Bassima, 6-year-old daughter, Malak, and 2-year-old son, Akram.

Bassima Termos later told CNN, “The kids and I are all doing fine. He made us proud, put our heads up high, what more do I need? He gave me dignity, pride, and respect."

Didi, a security guard saved many lives during Paris attack, he chose to be anonymous.



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November 2015 Paris attacks did shook the world. But Didi, 35, a security guard on duty outside the Bataclan concert hall did save many lives despite the gunman killing more than 90 people.

When attackers barged inside the hall and killed many people, Didi realised that he needs to open all the emergency gates, so that people can escape. 

"There was nothing you could do," he says. "I told myself, I've got to quickly get as many people out of there as possible because these terrorists have come to kill as many people as they can."

Didi without fearing for his life rushed inside and opened emergency doors which resulted in many people escaping.

When he saw the crowds trying to push through, he realized he needed to open more emergency exits. So he went back inside the Bataclan. This time he became trapped and found himself lying on the floor with everyone else, while the gunmen fired into the audience. But as soon as the gunmen stopped to reload, Didi jumped up and yelled for people to follow him.

Un-identified Taxi driver at Ataturk Airport attack


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On 28 June 2016, when three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul's Ataturk airport, a blast at the security check points devastated the whole area, leaving scores of people dead and wounded. While many ran for the their lives, an un-identified taxi driver suddenly appeared from no where and picked up a wouned girl and rushed towards his taxi. He took her to hospital. Seeing him helping the wounded, the other cabbies too joined him and started ferrying the wounded the hospital.

When Arab couple saved three Jews 


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On July 1, 2016, a Jew couple Miki mark , his wife Clava Mark and their two children were driving somewhere near Otniel when Jihadi terrorist opened fire at their vehicle and the car overturned. 
Seeing the overturned car, an Arab couple from the village of Al-Farar, Islam Albid and his wife, a nurse,  immediately stopped and managed to get a door open and pull the trapped and wounded children out of the car.

The couple got the wounded children into their car, tried to calm them down (in perfect Hebrew) and called for a Red Crescent ambulance.

By the time ambulance came, Miki had died but due to help of arab couple, three lives were saved.

Sebastian, another hero of Paris attack


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Sebastian was another hero after Didi at Bataclan hall in Paris when terrorist attacked it last November. In order to save herself from being killed and clinging on by her fingertips, a pregnant woman was dangling from a window at the Bataclan as Islamists go on a murderous rampage inside.

Her desperate cries of “Help me, help me, I’m pregnant, I’m pregnant” were echoing. Luckyly the terrorist didn't hear her. Sebastian, then un-identified came as an angel and saved life of her as well as the unborn baby. 

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He pulled her up. Later the woman's boyfriend Frans Torreele  found the hero, named only as Sebastien, through a Twitter campaign.

Sebastien later told of the dramatic moment and how he helped save the lives of the woman and her unborn child.

“In front of me there were two windows. In one of them a pregnant woman was hanging. She was begging people below to catch her if she jumped down as it was chaos."

“I went through the other window, and I clung to a vent. I was 15 metres above the ground and I held on for five minutes and then the pregnant woman, who was exhausted, asked me to help get her back inside. That is what I did. I do not know where she went ¬afterwards. I returned to my hiding place which was not good,” Sebastian revealed later.

Faraz Hossain, the hero of Dhaka attack


Tarishi Jain and Faraz Hossain
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Faraz didn't save anybody life, but sacrificed his own for the sack of his friends. The hero of Dhaka attack was a 20 year old Bangladeshi boy who was a Muslim,  and knew the verses of Quran, the two conditions needed to be met if one has to get a safe passage from that cafe on July 2. Faraz didn't budge, refused to vacate despite being repeatedly asked by the terrorists. He sacrficed his life for his friends who also included Tarishi Jain, the only Indian dying in attack. 

Imran Yousuf, the hero of Orlando shooting


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On June 12, Omar Mateen, a gay himself opened fire in a gay club in Florida and killed 49 people along with wounding several others. Imran Yousuf, a former US Marine of Indian descent who was serving as a bouncer in Pulse club that night saved many and helped them escaping.

"You could just tell it was a high caliber," said Yousuf, a former sergeant who had just left the Marine Corps in May told CBS.

“I'm screaming 'Open the door! Open the door!'” Yousuf told CBS. “And no one is moving because they are scared ... There was only one choice — either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we can out of there." 

Captain Ravi Dharnidharka, hero of 26/11


Captain Ravi Dharnidharka

The 26/11 attack on Mumbai witnessed many heroes perished on that fateful day, trying to save their beloved Mumbai. But while some were sung enough, many remain unsung. One such hero was Captain Ravi Dharnidharka, a then US marine, who saved 157 lives, including his own on that unfortunate night.

The then 31-year-old had spent four years flying combat missions in Iraq, including the bloody battle of Fallujah in November and December 2004.

In November 2008, Captain Ravi was holidaying in India after a gap of 13 years and that night on 26/11, he went to Taj for dinner with his cousins and friends. Soon he released that the Taj is under attack.

Swiftly, he formed a team with six South Africans who happened to former commandos. All of them together planned a rescue and safe brought 157 people including themselves out of the hotel.

Brussels attack hero, Alphonse Youla


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On 22 March 2016, Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport in Brussels, Belgium was attacked by the   terrorists which killed at least 28 people and injured dozens more.

Youla who was working on the Airport rose to the occasion and helped seven people to escape from the blast site before terrorist could notice and kill them. 

"I saw people lying on the ground with a lot of blood who weren't moving any more," he said. From there, Youla says he helped several injured people get to the elevator, and ultimately to safety.

Three heroes of Gurdaspur attack


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In July 2015, the small town of Dinapur in Gurdaspur district in northern Punjab was rocked by a sudden attack by terrorists. Although SWAT and units of Punjab Police gunned down three terrorists after an 11 hour battle.

Death toll was seven including the deaths of one police officer and three home guards along with three terrorists, but this toll could have gone up by hundreds, had three railway employees- Satpal, Darshan Kumar and Nanak Chand  not  detected the five live bombs wired on the railway track on a small bridge on the Pathankot-Amritsar railway section.

A tragedy was averted as alert railway staff detected the bombs just five minutes before a train loaded with passengers was to cross the bridge, five km from here.

"I was going to get milk from nearby as I did daily. I saw something wired to the bridge. I sent a youth to inform railway staff about the suspicious things on the bridge," Satpal, a railway gateman, told IANS.

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"The timely detection of the bombs saved many lives," Satpal added.

Darshan Kumar after being informed about the bombs immediately asked a railway keyman to run and get the passenger train stopped.

"I realised that the train had already started from the Parmanand railway station with many passengers. I asked the keyman to run and stop the train. He was able to stop it in the nick of time. Otherwise, there would have been so much damage," said Darshan Kumar, who later went about his daily duty in his khakhi uniform.





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