Arrests made in Malala Yousafzai shooting

NBC News | BBC News
Three men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani blogger Malala Yousafzai, NBC News reports. Malala was shot Tuesday in her hometown of Mingora, in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

“During raids in Swat on Thursday night, we captured three culprits involved in attack on Malala,” Swat police chief Gul Afzal Afridi told NBC News by phone.

Perhaps underlining the fluid nature of events in Swat, the BBC says four men — who were among 100 people rounded up since the shooting – were arrested.

Both accounts say the planner of the attack has not been arrested. Taliban representatives, Mushtaq Yusufzai reports for NBC, “refused to confirm if any of their members have been arrested, but claimed they had ‘dozens’ of trained gunmen in the area.” The BBC report says “Pakistani officials said they had intercepted a telephone conversation suggesting Taliban militants were planning attacks against the media over their coverage of the shooting.” The Taliban opposes educating women.

Malala was shot on her way home from school. She’s unconscious and in “satisfactory condition” in a military hospital, Yusufzai writes. Malala began blogging during a Taliban ban on girls’ schools. Her school in Mingora reopened Friday to hold an assembly to pray for her, Yusufzai writes.

Related: Pakistani teen blogger Malala Yousafzai in stable condition after Taliban attack (Poynter) | Malala Yousafzai and the ethics of covering kids at risk (WGBH)

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