Pakistan offers Rs 52 lakh bounty for attackers of Pakistan teen

Oct 12, 2012, 06:29 IST | Agencies

A reward of more than $100,000 (Rs 52 lakh) has been set by authorities in Pakistan for the capture of the Taliban gunman who shot Malala Yousafzai (14) in the head, an assassination attempt that has appalled the world.

Provincial officials have announced the reward for information leading to the capture of the gunmen involved in the attack. Yousafzai was shot as she travelled home from school in the town of Mingora, Swat, a north-western area once controlled by militants.

Praying for Malala: Civil society activists carry candles and posters to pay tribute to gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai. Pic/AFP

She remains critically ill after surgeons removed a bullet from her neck on Wednesday. Jay Carney, White House spokesman, said US forces were ready to offer transport and treatment to the teenager if needed. US President Obama believed the shooting was “reprehensible and disgusting and tragic”, Mr Carney said.

He added, “Directing violence at children is barbaric, it’s cowardly, and our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded as well as their families.”

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