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Oct 12, 2012 12:21 PM by Associated Press

Taliban says it sent hit squad after teenage activist

MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani police say they have arrested a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban after promoting girls' education and speaking out about Taliban atrocities.

A senior police official in Mingora says police have made arrests in the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, but declined to give any details.

Meanwhile, the Taliban's Swat Valley chapter says its leadership decided two months ago to kill the girl and then sent out a hit squad to carry out the job. A spokesman for the group says Yousufzai was warned three times to stop her activities promoting "Western thinking," but she did not.

He said the last warning was conveyed a week ago.

The spokesman says two of the attackers had expertise in shooting people in the head. The hit squad carefully examined the girl's route from school to her home.

The shooting of the teenage activist who spoke out in support of girls' education and against Taliban atrocities has horrified many in Pakistan and abroad.



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