Tuesday, January 08, 2008

How One Brave Boy Saved the Presidents Life - The Lede - Breaking News - New York Times Blog

re: Mike Nizza: "It could have been a dark day for the Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives if one boy wasn’t intent on proving that the Boy Scouts were more than kerchief-accented uniforms and Pinewood Derbies. /From The Associated Press, which has the full story: //“This fellow in the crowd with a knife in his hand attempted to stab the president in his stomach,” [government spokesman Mohammad Shareef] said by telephone from Male, the capital. “But a 15-year-old boy came in the way, and grabbed the knife. One brave boy saved the president’s life.”//President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said in a statement that the attack, which came during a visit to one of the 1,190 islands that he rules, “did not at all deter his will.” There were no claims of responsibility. /The president was thankful for his unofficial bodyguard, who suffered minor injuries. His name is Mohamed Jaisham Ibrahim, and his picture from a local newspaper (above) should be showing up on Boy Scout recruiting posters any day now."...

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