Arrests made in assassination attempt of young Pakistani activist

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Pakistani authorities verified Sunday that they have arrested three brothers suspected of being connected to last week's assassination attempt of Malala Yousafzai, news sources report.

The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 100 people have been detained for questioning in connection with the attack since Yousafzai, 14, was shot in the head last Tuesday. At this point, nearly all those people have been released. The three men arrested, Qari Inamullah, Obaid Ullah and Abdul Hadi, are not believed by authorities to have been the shooters in the attack; however, police have reason to believe that they played a role, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The house of the brothers in Akbarpura, a small village outside of the northwest city of Peshawar, was raided Saturday. The sect of the Pakistani Taliban believed to be responsible for the attack is the Swat Taliban, led by Maulana Fazlullah, the Associated Press reported. Fazlullah is believed to be hiding in eastern Afghanistan. Pakistani government sources, who asked not to be named, believe two of his top aides are responsible for the attack on Yousafzai, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Yousafzai remains in recovery and is being transported to the United Kingdom for treatment, the Pakistani army said. Until now, the girl has been at a military hospital in Rawalpindi, the BBC reported.

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