Widow of Beirut bomb attack hero Adel Termos: 'He made us proud'

Adel Termos has been hailed as a hero after he tackled a suicide bomber in Beirut, at the cost of his own life.

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  • Adel Termos has been hailed as a hero for his actions during ISIS attack in Beirut
  • He was killed when he threw himself at a suicide bomber approaching a mosque
  • His widow and father say his actions, potentially saving many lives, were a source of pride

(CNN)The family of a man hailed as a hero for tackling a suspected ISIS suicide bomber during an attack in Beirut on Thursday, at the cost of his own life, say they feel immense pride at his actions.

"I am alive, and happy, and proud of my husband who held our family name up high and honored us," Bassima Termos, the widow of Adel Termos, told CNN Monday.
"The kids and I are all doing fine. He made us proud, put our heads up high, what more do I need? He gave me dignity, pride, and respect."
    Adel Termos, a 32-year-old car mechanic and father of two, has been hailed for his heroism on social media, after he reportedly threw himself at the second suicide bomber approaching a mosque in the Bourj al-Barajneh district in southern Beirut, minutes after the first bomber struck.
    Forty-three people were killed and 239 injured in the attacks, according to Lebanon's state-run National News Agency. Tributes on social media speculated that Termos had saved many lives through his sacrifice, by preventing the bomber from entering the crowded mosque.
    "All our neighbors and the people of our town are so proud of him," Bassima Termos told CNN. "The close ones and the friends, and the strangers ... everyone is proud."