Pakistani police make arrests in shooting of girl

October 13, 2012 • World News

Pakistan Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa updates journalists about the condition of a 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai who was shot by a Taliban gunman after speaking out for girls’ education, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. He said that she is in “satisfactory” condition at a military hospital, cautioning that the next few days will be critical. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police have arrested a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban for promoting education for girls and criticizing the fundamentalist Islamic movement, officials said Friday.

The shooting of Malala Yousufzai along with two classmates while they were on their way home from school Tuesday horrified people in Pakistan and internationally. It has been followed by an outpouring of support for a girl who earned the enmity of the Taliban for publicizing their acts and speaking about the importance of education for girls.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying that the girl was promoting “Western thinking.” Late on Thursday, a spokesman for one of the group’s branches in the country’s north said the top leadership of the Taliban’s Swat Valley chapter decided two months ago to kill Yousufzai in a carefully planned attack after her family ignored repeated warnings.

Police have been questioning people in the town of Mingora, in the Swat Valley, where the shooting took place.

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