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Almost two years after an attack nearly killed Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan announced that it has arrested 10 gunmen it says are suspected of having shot her. In October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by gunmen with the Pakistani Taliban, who targeted her for writing publicly about their efforts to ban young girls from receiving an education. She was just 14 at the time.

NBC News reported that Pakistani authorities "said that one man’s apprehension and subsequent confession led to the arrests of nine others involved in the assassination attempt."

There also may have been a preemptive spur to the arrests of the militants before they struck again:

One notable absence from this potentially heartening story is that of Mullah Fazlullah, the Taliban commander who boasts of having ordered her killing, and has a rap sheet that would make even the most ardent jihadi blush. He remains at large although he has reportedly faced a recent insurgency with the ranks of his own group.

As she travels the world, continuing her advocacy and garnering accolades, Malala still can't return to her native Pakistan out of fear for her safety.

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