Iranian daredevil's stunt ends in tragedy

An Iranian daredevil died while attempting to break the world record for jumping over buses on a motorcycle, state television reported today.

Javad Palizbanian, aged 44, was trying to leap over 22 buses parked side by side when his motorbike came down on the 13th bus and he was killed immediately.

The television broadcast the start of Palizbanian’s attempt in Azadi Sports stadium on Friday, but then cut the footage.

“The crash scene was too disturbing to show publicly,” the newscaster said.

Minutes beforehand, Palizbanian had told an audience of hundreds: “I am going to break the world record and do something for my country to be proud of.”

Palizbanian was well known in Iran for his motorbike stunts. Last month he roared his bike over a river 51 yards wide.

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