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Vigils for Peshawar attack victims held in region

Candles will be lit at Leicester Town Hall this afternoon in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on an army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

One of the classrooms after the attack on the school where 132 children were killed Credit: Rageh Omaar/ITV News

Other vigils will also take place across the region today, including at the cathedral in Birmingham.

A book of condolence will also be opened by Nottingham City Council at their council house.

141 people, mainly children, lost their lives in the attack.

More: Family of Peshawar victims mourns attack

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Midlands mourners share their grief for relatives killed in Pakistan school attack

Relatives of children killed in a massacre at a school in Pakistan have described those responsible as "unIslamic" and "ruthless".

More than 130 pupils were killed when gunmen targeted the army run school in Peshawar. People in the Midlands are still struggling to come terms with what happened, and many are organising vigils to remember those who died.


Family of Peshawar attack victims mourn massacre

Nazir Awan says the last 48 hours have been unbearable.

He was shocked to learn that two of his cousin's sons were killed in the terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan, where 132 children were gunned down.

15 year old Muhammad Yaseen and 10 year old Mohammad Gulshir were among the victims. He has been speaking to ITV News Central ahead of a vigil tomorrow to remember those who died takes place outside Leicester Town Hall.

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Malala: I am heartbroken over Pakistan school attack

Malala Yousafzai -who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 - has condemned today's school massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan Credit: Reuters

Malala Yousafzai, who was 14 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who flagged down her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley, said she is heartbroken by today's school attack in Peshawar.

I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us.

Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable.

I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated."

– Malala Yousafzai


Malala Yousafzai to pick up Nobel Peace Prize

Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in her native Pakistan after campaigning for the right of girls to be educated. Credit: PA Wire

Teenage campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who lives in Birmingham, will pick up her Nobel Peace Prize today in Norway.

17 year-old Malala, who won the award alongside Indian children's rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi, will become the youngest ever recipient of the prize.

Malala was 15 when she was shot by the Taliban in her home country, Pakistan, in response to her campaign for girls' education.

She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Birmingham, for treatment and has lived in Edgbaston ever since.

The uniform Malala wore when she was shot Credit: Twitter/@MalalaFund

The uniform Malala wore when she was shot will be put on display at the Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition in Oslo, a display which features the lives of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Malala's father: Arrests 'good news for family'

Malala Yousufzai Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

A group of Taliban militants responsible for shooting Malala Yousufzai, a teenage activist targeted for her campaign against the terrorist group's efforts to deny girls education, have been arrested, Pakistan's army said.

Malala's father has welcomed the news.

This is good news for our family and most importantly, for the people of Pakistan and the civilised world. This first step of apprehending Malala’s attackers signifies the beginning of real hope for the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been affected by terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in Swat and the whole country. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the security forces and police in bringing these men to justice and fighting for the reestablishment of peace. This is the beginning of the real restoration of the writ of the government, where the rule of law and justice prevails for all.

– Ziauddin Yousafzai - Malala's father
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Taliban militants responsible for Malala shooting arrested

A group of Taliban militants responsible for shooting Malala Yousufzai, a teenage activist targeted for her campaign against the terrorist group's efforts to deny girls education, have been arrested, Pakistan's army said.

Malala Yousufzai Credit: PA

Taliban activists claimed responsibility for shooting Malala in 2012 for her advocacy of women's right to education but no one had been arrested until now.

Two other schoolgirls were also injured in the attack.

The Pakistani army's head of press Asim Bajwa told reporters 10 attackers had been identified and arrested.

Malala survived the attack after being airlifted to Britain for treatment and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

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