Pakistani authorities arrested 10 Taliban members in connection to the shooting of activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012. The attackers are part of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Pakistani wing of the Taliban. The group was led by a furniture-shop owner and called themselves “Shura.”
The Taliban shot then 15-year-old Malala in the head for her work against the Taliban’s restrictions on girls’ education. They reportedly had 22 other assassination targets in Pakistan. The group will be tried on terror charges. “The entire gang involved in the murder attempt…has been busted,” the Pakistani military said in a statement Friday.
Malala was well-known for her pro-education activism in Pakistan and some international circles prior to the assassination attempt. She won the Pakistan’s first ever National Peace Award for Youth in 2011, soon after which officials renamed the prize the National Malala Peace Prize in her honor. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and won the E.U.’s Sakharav Prize for free speech last year.
In 2012, Taliban members stopped a school bus Malala was riding in with her classmates. A man boarded the bus and shot Malala in the head and hit two of her classmates. She was airlifted to the United Kingdom for treatment and has lived there since over concerns for her and her family’s safety in Pakistan.