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Lebanese minibus hero helps thwart suicide bomber

Hussein Msheik, a Lebanese minibus driver who survived a suicide attack on Feb. 3, speaks to Al-Monitor about the incident and his future plans.
Forensic inspectors and Lebanese army soldiers  inspect the wreckage of a van at the site of an explosion in Choueifat, south of the capital February 3, 2014. A suicide bomber killed himself and one other person when he detonated explosives in a van in southern Beirut on Monday, a Lebanese security source said. Lebanese television footage showed the chassis of a vehicle with no roof. Smoke rose in the air and debris lay on a street. Body parts, including a head, were on the road. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir  (LE
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Hussein Msheik is the driver of the minibus that was targeted by an unknown suicide bomber who blew himself up with an explosives belt in the area of Choueifat, south of Beirut, on Feb. 3, after Msheik discovered that the passenger was carrying a bomb. 

Msheik was transformed into a hero in the eyes of many, after his courage led to the thwarting of a suicide bombing that could have killed a large number of residents of the southern suburbs of Beirut. This area has recently been the target of a number of suicide bombings carried out using explosives-laden cars. 

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