Ako Abdulrahman knew that he was in trouble when ISIS militants came to his city. He knew that he not only needed protection for himself, but he also needed to help the other people who were in danger. Ako paid $10,000 for a bulletproof BMW.
His friends were happy that he invested in a bulletproof car. They were also happy to take a ride in it. Ako lives in Kirkok and is married with four children. When Ako brought the car, no one was worried about the ISIS militants.
On October 21, several ISIS militants started attacking people. Sixty-four citizens and 84 ISIS militants died. Over 100 civilians were wounded during the attacks. Ako knew that it was time for him to act. When he drove through the city and saw people running, he offered to drive them to safety. He also carried wounded people in his car.
ISIS militants kept trying to shoot at the car, but they were unsuccessful. The government heard about Ako’s heroic actions and offered him a reward. He also received a certificate from the government. Ako was happy to be honored, but he stated that he was doing something that every Iraq citizen should be doing. He also stated that he does not want to be called a hero. He stated that he is doing his part to protect the citizens.