This Dad Saw a Suicide Bomber Heading Into a Crowd and Did the Unthinkable as His Daughter Looked On

The bloody terrorists attacks in Paris Friday have been all over the news, but we’ve heard a lot less about the terrorist suicide bombings in Beirut, Lebanon, that claimed at least 42 lives on THURSDAY, just a day before. But one story out of Beirut that is being told (albeit belatedly) is the heroic report of Adel Termos, a father of two.

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According to a radio  interview at, Termos was walking on the street with his young daughter when the first suicide bomber detonated in a busy shopping area. Then, Termos spotted the second suicide bomber headed towards a crowd of people, and he made a split-second decision that saved dozens of lives: he sprinted toward the bomber and tackled him. The suicide bomber detonated his belt of explosives, and they were both killed.

The crowd the bomber was headed toward remained unharmed.

“He tackled him to the ground, causing the second suicide bomber to detonate,” says blogger and physician Elie Fares, who lives in Beirut. “There are many many families, hundreds of families probably, who owe their completeness to his sacrifice.”

Some outlets have reported that Termos’ young daughter was also killed, but a user posted a photo to Reddit yesterday that appears to show her alive and well and holding a picture of her heroic father. Reportedly, local Beirut news outlets say she survived. Termos is also father to a young son.

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Photo: HelixGecko on Reddit

Termos’ courage and self-sacrifice in the face of such determined terrorism against his own people is truly inspiring. This dad gave his life for his neighbors—there is no greater love.

Prayers for the beautiful people of Beirut and for Termos’ family. He is truly a hero.

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Jenny Rapson
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