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Two Convicted, Eight Acquitted In Attack On Malala Yousafzai

Bradleigh-Ann Walker | PopWrapped Author

Bradleigh-Ann Walker

06/07/2015 4:00 pm
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Two Convicted, Eight Acquitted In Attack On Malala Yousafzai | Malala Yousafzai
Media Courtesy of Credit: World Bank

Two men have been sentenced to life in prison for the attack on Nobel Prize winner and teen activist Malala Yousafzai, while eight others were acquitted.

Although reports from earlier this year claimed that all ten men that officials arrested had been convicted of the vicious crime, new reports indicate that those were erroneous. According to Saleem Khan Marwat, a police officer in Yousafzai's home district of Swat, a Pakistani court released the eight Taliban members because officials claim there was not enough evidence against them.

However, those acquitted are allegedly still being detained by police for unrelated crimes they've committed in the past.

The Taliban immediately took responsibility for the attack on Yousafzai in 2012, after critically wounding then 15-year-old  with a gunshot to the head as she was on her way home from school. The violent extremist group targeted her because of her outspoken attempts to make educating Pakistani women a norm in her country.

It's still unclear whether or not the individual who actually fired the shot was one of the ten men arrested.

Yousafzai has quickly become an inspiration to the entire world since her miraculous recovery, spreading her message on education to various countries, writing a memoir entitled I Am Malala, and becoming the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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