Hodroj's relatives mourn him during a crowded funeral on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Hundreds of mourners gathered Wednesday at the Rawdat al-Shahidain memorial near Shiyah to pay tribute to Abdul-Karim, the 21-year-old General Security sergeant who confronted a suicide bomber, was ripped apart by the explosion and thus saved his neighborhood from a bloodbath.The detonation destroyed Abdul-Karim, but was far enough away to spare over 100 people gathered at the popular Abu Assaf cafe a mere two-dozen meters down the road.Back at the Hodroj home meters away from Monday night's bombing in Tayyouneh, Mahmoud, Abdul-Karim's uncle, expressed pride at his nephew's conduct.The young man told Mahmoud that he heard the bomb and did not know the whereabouts of Abdul-Karim, who went to confront the bomber.Back at the funeral, a giant poster of Abdul-Karim stood.
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