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#Nabbed: Pakistan jails militants for Malala attack but mastermind and gunmen remain free

A Pakistani court has sentenced 10 militants to life in prison for their involvement in the attack on Malala Yousafzai, nearly three years after the teenage education activist was shot and seriously wounded as she made her way to school in the country’s restive Swat region.

Prosecutors in the north-western city of Mingora announced the court ruling on Thursdy but refused to disclose the exact location or release the names of the convicted due to security reasons.

The government is still seeking the arrest of Mullah Fazlullah, the Pakistani Taliban commander who ordered the shooting in retaliation to Ms Yousafzai’s high-profile campaign for girl’s education.

Malala was fifteen at the time of the attack in October 2012.  She was shot in the head after gunmen stopped her school coach and opened fire at point blank range.  According to reports, the two attackers are not believed to be among those jailed. 

The attack caused outrage across the world and Malala was later flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where her family eventually settled.

In 2014, she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize which she shared with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi.

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