Arrests Made in Pakistani Schoolgirl Shooting

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The main suspect in the October 9 shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai has been identified and a group of men who allegedly facilitated the attack have been arrested, Pakistani police told CNN.

23-year-old Att Ullah, from the northwestern Pakistani Swat district where Malala was shot, was identified as the main suspect. According to CNN, the Swat Valley is heavy with Taliban.

Ullah's fiancee, mother, and brother have also been arrested. It is unclear whether the suspect actually shot Malala or was just the leader behind the attack, said CNN.

It was Malala, as reported by Reuters, that had been campaigning against the Taliban since she was an 11-year-old. She wrote a blog under a pen name for the BBC about living under the rule of the Pakistani Taliban.

Reuters said that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying her promotion of education for girls was pro-Western and she had opposed them.

Malala had defied threats for years; her father, Ziauddin Yousufzai, told Reuters that letters had been thrown into their house on several occasions.

According to CNN, Malala is receiving treatment at University Hospital in Birmingham, England. According to the hospital's statement in the CNN report, Malala is "communicating very freely."


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