human shield

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One or more people strategically placed by a kidnapper, terrorist, or combatant to protect himself/herself from enemy fire

human shield

Forensic medicine A person used to protect a kidnapper, terrorist, or combatant from gunfire
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When infidels use Muslims as a "living shield," all may be killed.
Hedges provide a wonderful, living shield between you and the world beyond.
In order to protect themselves against ambush, the British army took into custody this rural physician to use as a living shield. This was the same army which had just availed of the services of hundreds of thousands of Irishmen in defense of Catholic Belgium.