ISLAMABAD, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — Ten Taliban militants allegedly involved in attacking Malala Yousafzai, a teenage girl who defied Talibans’ ban on girls’ education, and her two classmates have been arrested by the country’s army, officials said.
Major General Asim Saeed Bajwa, Director General Inter Services Public Relations, the mouthpiece of Pakistan army, announced the arrest of the militants on twitter.
“Entire gang of 10 terrorists involved in attempt to kill Malala in Swat busted and apprehended by Security forces,” Bajwa tweeted.
Bajwa said that the arrested militants admitted that Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Commander Mullah Fazlullah plotted the attack on the school girls.
He said the arrested culprits would be trailed in an anti- terrorism court.
The Taliban militants were arrested in an intelligence-led action during the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in northwest tribal area of North Waziristan.
Bajwa said that the arrested militants hail from Malakand, home town of Malala in the county’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Malala, the Nobel Peace Prize nominee, got bullet injuries in her head when some masked militants opened fire at her in October 2012 in Swat district.
Following the attack on Malala, the militants proceeded to fire on the school van, injuring two other girls as a result.