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Ten Sentenced To Life For Attack On Teen Activist Malala Yousafzai


U.S. singer Idina Menzel performs as an image of Malala Yousafzai is projected on a screen in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York.

A Pakistani court has announced life sentences for 10 people convicted of involvement in 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.

The anti-terrorism court in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province announced the sentences on April 30.

The defendants, who authorities said were associated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) -- the Pakistani Taliban -- were arrested in September 2014 in a joint operation involving the army, police, and intelligence agencies.

Major General Asim Bajwa had said that the current leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Maulana Fazlullah, was behind the attempt to kill Malala.

Malala survived a gunshot to the head and went on to earn international praise for her fight for the right of all children, including girls, to an education.

Malala, who is now 17 years old, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

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