Pakistan army arrest suspected militant who shot Malala

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Militants suspected of shooting activist Malala Yousafzai have been arrested, Pakistan’s army says.

The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 because of her campaign for girls’ education.

They boarded her school bus in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley and opened fire, in an assault that also wounded two of her school friends.

She has since recovered from the attack, which shocked the world and catapulted her to international fame.

She was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2013, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has just released an autobiography.

“The group involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai has been arrested,” army spokesman Gen Asim Bajwa told a news conference on Friday.

He said 10 members of the Pakistani TTP had been arrested in a joint operation with Pakistan’s army, police and intelligence services.

The group had been working under the instructions of Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Gen Bajwa added.

Malala Yousafzai, who was 15 at the time of the attack, had already gained prominence for demanding rights to education and for girl children in Pakistan.

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