Malala’s attackers sentenced to life imprisonment

Malala’s attackers sentenced to life imprisonment
Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, officially opens The Library of Birmingham in Birmingham, central England, on September 3, 2013. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by a Taliban militant last October after campaigning for girls' right to education, gave an address as she officially opened the new Library of Birmingham.  AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

A court in northwest Pakistan has finally handed down life sentences to the 10 Taliban terrorists who took part in the shooting of Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousafzai.

Although the leader of the group, Mullah Fazlullah, is still at large, the 10 men who were arrested in September, were given life sentences today Thursday for their roles in the brutal gun attack, which left the 15-year-old activist critically injured, BBC News reported.

In October 2012, Taliban gunmen swarmed Malala’s school bus and shot her in the head, an assassination attempt for her campaign for girls’ education. The shooters asked for her by name, singling her out for blogging about her life under Taliban rule on the BBC’s website.

Two of Malala’s classmates were also injured in the attack.  Malala was initially treated in Pakistan, but was later flown to a hospital in Britain, where she now lives with her family.

Police said all of the attackers belonged to Pakistan’s Taliban. It’s not clear if those sentenced Thursday carried out the would-be assassination or plotted it.

In 2014, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her on-going push for children’s rights and access to education.

The 17-year-old became the youngest Nobel Laureate in history. She’s also the author of “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.”

 

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