October 29th, 2012
12:23 PM ET

Pakistan police say they suspect boys behind Malala attack

Pakistani police say they suspect two boys were responsible for the attack that nearly killed a Pakistani teenage girl internationally famous for campaigning for girls' education.

On October 9, Malala Yousufzai was on her school van in the Taliban-held Swat Valley when armed thugs stopped the vehicle and jumped on board. They demanded that other girls riding identify 15-year-old Malala. Then they shot two girls and fired at Malala, striking her in the head and neck.

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  1. Mr Spock with a raised eyebrow


    October 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Is anyone swallowing this?

    October 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Eb

    From your choice of name, you might need more than a severe head trauma to register what this kind of extremistic fundamentalism means to a child. Do you really think Allah asked for this? shame, shame, shame, and may your wife say what she needs to three times!

    October 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ma & pa

    Way to get real perps off free and attempt to make the Just World think 'aww jus dum kids bein stoopid'. Some boys do vindictive murderous jobs as men's lackeys.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eb

    Whether minors or adults, the Taliban, so-called 'scholars' of Islam, are apostate. The most tolerant of religions suborned for purposes of power to the the most horrendous of extremism and terror. Remember that Jihad means introspective meditation towards enlightenment. Those who 'interpret' it as indiscriminate war upon infidels condemn themselves as infidels in eternity. Remember Saladin, remember religious tolerance.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcin

      sadly, your intelligent response will fall on the deaf ears of internet trolls. Even more sadly, not all are trolls and many believe in their own hate as they condemn acts of hate.

      the wheels on the hatebus go round and round, round and round, round and round...

      October 30, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Suzanne Ramos

      As a Christian, I thank you for your thoughtful response. No country, no religion, no ethnic group corners the market on terrorism. Sadly, every culture seems to be better at spreading hate and fear than love and respect. I wish we could listen to one another with open hearts and minds. Thanks again for speaking out on the side of reason and sharing a perspective on Islam that we hear too seldom.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Who's ya interpretation intended for?

      You say -' Jihad means introspective meditation towards enlightenment' – As opposed to explaining this to the civilized world, should you not be educating the Islamic extremists this? Should you not be asking them to drop their hatred of the Kaffirs?

      Did you naively pick the wrong audience ? Or, maybe not ..?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eb

    The comment at 02:35 referred to a flame by someone calling themselves Anders Breivik. Shame sheme shame, whatever religion they profess to !!!

    October 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    Mind you, maybe young boys in Pakistan carry assault weapons, blockade roadways, board buses, threaten and shoot people...maybe it's common there, I don't know.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tawonda

    Sounds like a not-very-clever attempt at deflecting criticism from the Taliban.

    October 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay

    There have been a few cases of children killing children. But the masterminds are adults who indoctrinate the kids to Beleive that women are inferior and that you get your way by killing those who disagreed its you.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. American Christian Holy Man

    Boys behind. Yummy.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Hi Philip.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Avg. Joe

    Something MUST be done to stop those darned towel heads from invading and occupying every nation on earth!
    The debt of the Taliban people threatens to crush the entire world's economy!
    The Taliban people are making so much pollution, you can smell it clear over here in the USA!!!
    We MUST avenge the 3000 American lives stolen on 9/11! Wake me up when we get to 3000 dead towel heads.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Sea Hag




      October 30, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Andrew

    What a lie! The Pakistani ISI and the Taliban did this, and now they want to hide behind children–what cowards!!!

    They think the West will simply exonerate the boys because of their young age, but all it will do is ruin the lives of the boys.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. ronvan

    And WHY would thiis surprise anyone? As I have said before these "people?" raise children, from birth, that it is OK to kill ALL the infidels! It only PROVES just how messed up their religion is, in that they wind up killing their OWN people!
    I would agree that, bottom line, it is the ADULTS that are responsible! What WE need to understand is that WE are not going to change these idiots! Pakistan is just a two faced country that talks alot and takes our money, while supporting these terrorists!

    October 30, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
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    October 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |