Hero dad lost his life protecting hundreds of others

Adel Termos was a dad of two.
Adel Termos was a dad of two. Photo: Getty Images

He was an innocent man caught in the middle of a murderous attack on his city. But instead of running the other way, Adel Termos made a heroic decision that saved the lives of many others but cost him his own.

The father of two was at a coffee shop with his young daughter in Beirut when ISIS suicide bombers launched their attack in the city's Burj al-Barajneh district on Thursday.

After hearing the blast from the first bomber, Termos then noticed a second bomber heading toward the crowded mosque targeted in the first explosion.

According to local media reports, Termos threw himself at the bomber, which caused the explosion to detonate earlier than the attacker had planned.

"He ran at him and tackled him, causing the second terrorist to self-detonate," blogger Elie Fares, who lives in Beirut, wrote in the hours after the bombings. 

"Adel is no longer of this world, but his legacy will live on for years, and the repercussions of his heroism will become a tale to tell. 

"Adel is the reason we are not talking about fatalities in the three digits today, he is the reason some families still have their sons, daughters, fathers and mothers. 

"He is a Lebanese hero whose name should be front and centre."

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombings in which at least 45 people, including Termos, died and more than 200 people were wounded.

It was initially believed the Termos' daughter Malak had also lost her life in the attack. However those fears were proved false when a picture of the girl and her younger brother Ali holding a picture of their father appeared on Reddit.

The image shows the children surrounded by mourners, including their mother, in the village of Tallussa the day after following their father's death.

Lebanon has suffered at least 18 terrorist attacks in less than three years. This was only the second attack claimed by ISIS.