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Last Updated: Tuesday May 20 2008 15:44 GMT

Hero boy saved friends from quake

Lin Hao

A 10-year-old boy is being called a hero after he helped save the lives of two of his friends after China's huge earthquake.

Lin Hao was at school in Yingxiu, which was one of the areas worst hit by the powerful quake last Monday.

The building collapsed while he was walking down a corridor, trapping him and two of this classmates.

Lin was injured, but managed to free himself before carrying his two friends to safety.

He said: "The corridor collapsed as I was walking. Two of my classmates were trapped beside me.

"I tried as hard as I could to climb out, and after I had climbed out I pulled a classmate out."

Earthquake region
The earthquake destroyed buildings
Lin went back in to the collapsed building a second time to help his other friend escape.

But sadly, only 10 out of the 31 kids in his class survived.

Altogether, more than 40,000 people are thought to have died, and millions were left homeless.

On Monday, China began three days of mourning for all those killed in the quake.