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Brisbane Cabbie Refugee To Be Nominated For Bravery Award

Aguek Nyok saved 11 people from the Moorooka bus fire.

31/10/2016 9:21 AM AEDT | Updated 31/10/2016 10:02 AM AEDT
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Aguek Nyok has been hailed a hero for his actions.

Brisbane cabbie Aguek Nyok will be nominated for a bravery award by the Queensland premier after helping save 11 people caught in the bus fire that killed driver Manmeet Alisher.

Nyok, a former refugee from Sudan, kicked in the back door of the bus after Alisher was allegedly set alight in the driver's seat by 48-year-old Anthony Mark Edward O'Donohue. The man has since been appeared in court charged with murder, arson and attempted murder.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to express his concern over the the attack on Alisher.

"[Modi] conveyed a sense of concern being felt in India over the recent brutal killing of Mr. Manmeet Alisher, a person of Indian origin, in Australia," read a statement from India's Ministry of External Affairs.

"Prime Minister Turnbull expressed shock at the killing and conveyed that the matter is being investigated."

Hundreds of people attended memorial and vigil services for Alisher.

The fire cut off access to the front door of the bus, forcing passengers to retreat to the back. Nyok was passing through the area -- he told media he had stopped for a haircut -- and ran to help after seeing the fire.

"I realised people, they were screaming at the back door... They were saying 'please open the door, please open the door'," he told Fairfax Media.

"I came to push it with my hand, nah. And I did the first kick, nah, the second kick nah, the third kick does the time."

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Sunday she would be nominating Nyok for a bravery award.

"What a hero," she said.

"I am more than happy to put his name forward for a bravery medal. He saved 11 lives that day... he put his own life at risk."

There has been a massive social media outpouring of support and gratitude for Nyok's actions. A Facebook post by his employer (above) has garnered 17,000 likes as of publication time, while others are calling for him to be nominated for other awards.

Nyok, for his part, has tried to remain humble.

"I feel good but I don't think I did something to deserve to get that nomination," he told the Courier Mail.

"I just helped people and that is what I am expecting from my fellow Australians if I was in the same situation."

"I am not a hero or something."

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