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10 men jailed for 25 years in Pakistan for Malala attack

Nobel Prize laureate Malala Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced 10 men to 25 years in prison for the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai.

Ms Yousafzai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2014 for her campaign for women's and children's rights, was shot in the head on her school bus in Swat when she was just 15.

Authorities say that the 10 men are all members of the Pakistani Taliban, though none of them were among the four or five men who actually carried out the attack.

"Judge Mohammad Amin Kundi in his verdict gave 25 years jail to all of these people," said a court official in Swat, which is in the northwest of the country.

Malala remains unable to return to Pakistan, due to Taliban threats on her and her family's lives.


Malala calls on Pakistan leaders to 'fight against terrorism'

Malala Yousafzai, who was herself shot by the Taliban when she was just 14, said she stands by those who were killed or injured in today's school attack in Peshawar.

My family and I are heartbroken after hearing the news that more than 100 innocent children and teachers have lost their lives in this recent attack in a school in Peshwar.

We stand with all those families and all those children who are injured right now and who are suffering this big trauma and now it is time that we unite.

I call upon the international community, leaders in Pakistan, all political parties and everyone that we should stand up together and fight against terrorism and we should make sure that every child gets safe and quality education.

– Malala Yousafzai

Malala dedicates award to 'voiceless children' around world

Malala Yousafzai is now a dedicate campaigner for children's right to education. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai has dedicated her award to "voiceless" children around the world.

The teenager, who at 17 is the youngest person ever to receive the coveted prize, also called on the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers to attend the award ceremony for the sake of peace.

Malala hit headlines around the world after she survived being shot in the head by a Taliban fighter in October 2012 for going to school.

She later had treatment in Britain for her injuries and went on to make a full recovery.

Malala is now a dedicated campaigner for children's rights to education.

Malala: 'I was in chemistry class' when I heard about Prize

Malala Yousafzai has revealed that she was in an A-level chemistry class when she found out she had won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Pakistani campaigner, 17, said she was "totally sure" she had not won the award, only for a teacher to appear with the good news.

Malala attends school in Edgbaston, Birmingham after recovering from being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012.

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