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Malala's Attackers Sentenced To Life In Prison

Ten men were convicted in an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan's Swat Valley Thursday for the 2012 shooting of the teen activist.

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A judge in Pakistan's Swat Valley handed down life sentences Thursday to the 10 men convicted in the 2012 attack on then-15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the BBC reported.

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Malala Yousafzai pictured at a Unicef center at the Zaatri refugee camp, in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the Syrian border, Feb. 18, 2014.

Malala — now a Nobel Peace laureate — was critically wounded when she was shot in the head while trying to board a school bus in 2012. Two of her friends were also wounded in the attack, which was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP).

Judge Amin Kundi convicted the 10 men to life imprisonment for their involvement in the attack in an antiterrorism court in Malala's hometown of Mingora, Swat, Al Jazeera said.

In Pakistan, a life sentence carries a jail term of 25 years.

The men were named by the court as Bilal, Shaukat, Salman, Zafar Iqbal, Israr-ul-Rehman, Zafar Ali, Irfan, Izharullah, Adnan, and Ikram, Al Jazeera reported. It is believed they are TTP members from various parts of the Swat Valley.

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