10 Arrested for Malala Shooting

Pakistan army, police, intelligence community worked together to nab militants
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2014 7:43 AM CDT
10 Arrested for Malala Shooting
In this Sept. 27, 2013, file photo, Malala Yousafzai listens as Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust introduces her to reporters at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo/Jessica Rinaldi, File)

For two years, Malala Yousafzai has inspired the world with her intelligence, grace, and spirit in the aftermath of her 2012 shooting by Taliban strongmen. Now the 17-year-old Pakistani girl may finally see some justice: Ten militants have been arrested in connection with the attack, a spokesman for the Pakistani army said this morning via the BBC. The men had been following the directive of Mullah Fazlullah, widely accepted to be the current head of Pakistan’s Taliban, the spokesman added.

Even with her would-be murderers on the loose for the last two years, Malala hasn't let fear or intimidation dampen her activist efforts: She wrote an autobiography, made an impassioned speech at the UN about education, scooped up humanitarian awards and human-rights honors (she came thisclose to winning the Nobel Peace Prize, CNN reported at the time), and even struck up a virtual friendship with Justin Bieber. As she faces Taliban death threats in Pakistan, Malala now resides in Britain, Reuters reports. (More Malala Yousafzai stories.)

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