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Malala 'heartbroken' by attack on Pakistan university

Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in 2012 while campaigning for female education in Pakistan. Credit: Ian West / PA Wire/PA Images

Nobel-prize winner Malala Yousafzai has said she is "heartbroken by the attack on students and staff at the Bacha Khan University" which may have killed up to 40 people.

In a statement, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban for her views on female education, "strongly condemned" the attack.

I am heartbroken by the attack on students and staff at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and strongly condemn this brutal assault. My prayers are with the families of all the victims and all those who suffer as a result of extremist violence.

This brutality must be stopped. The authorities must act to ensure that all schools and universities are safe. I urge all people with peace in their hearts to renew their resolve to stand up to terrorism and ignorance and work together to protect life and learning.

This attack happened on the 28th anniversary of the death of Abdul Ghaffar Khan who was a great freedom fighter, a man of peace. I hope his message of non-violence and harmony will prevail and end intolerance in our society.

– Malala Yousafzai

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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.

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