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Life sentences to men who shot Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks at a press conference.
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A Pakistani court has sent 10 men to prison for life for attempting to kill Nobel-prize winning teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012.

The chief suspect in the attack, however, remains at large.

Pakistani Taliban militants boarded the teenager’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls’ education.

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Two of her friends were also wounded.

Malala, now 17, survived and in October last year became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history for her courageous and determined fight for all children to have the right to go to school.

“Ten attackers who were involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai have been sentenced to life imprisonment,” a court official said on Thursday.

The news was confirmed by a lawyer at the hearing in the northwestern town of Mingora, as well as a security official.

Life prison sentences in Pakistan are 25 years.

The man suspected of actually firing the gun at Malala, named by officials as Ataullah Khan, is believed to be on the run in Afghanistan, along with Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, who ordered the attack.

Pakistan’s military announced the arrest of the 10 suspects in September 2014 as part of an operation involving the army, police and intelligence agencies.

Army spokesman Asim Bajwa said the group had a hitlist of 22 targets in addition to Malala, all ordered by Fazlullah.

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