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Iraq bravery hailed as blow to sectarianism

Reuters reports:

The bravery of two Sunnis who died trying to stop a suicide bomber killing Shiite pilgrims is being praised as a sign that Iraq can overcome sectarian divisions amid its worst political crisis in a year.

Police officer Nizhan Al Jubouri and Ali Al Sabaa, a soldier, died last week when they rushed at a bomber in a crowd at a police checkpoint near the southern city of Nassiriya in a bid to stop his attack, police said.

The bomb killed 44 people and wounded scores as pilgrims flocked to the Shiite holy city of Karbala for the Arbain religious rite, but some people have said the toll could have been worse had it not been for the pair's actions.

The story of selflessness has been the subject of newspaper editorials and chatter across a country where a political dispute has revived concerns about sectarian conflict.

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