Girls display a poster while sitting at their desk, as their teacher, not shown, talks to them about 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by a Taliban gunman for her role in promoting girls' education in the Swat Valley where she lives, in a school in Islamabad, Oct 12, 2012. — AP Photo

PESHAWAR: Security forces personnel on Saturday detained five people, including an Afghan national, in Nowshera's Akbarpura area in connection with the attack on child activist Malala Yousufzai, DawnNews reported.

The detained men include three brothers Inam, Abdul Haadi and Obaidur Rehman and two others, including an Afghan refugee.

The men were taken into custody by security forces who had traveled from Swat to Akbarpura on a tip-off. They had first raided a mosque and had later raided a house from where the men were detained.

Fifty-five people, including three key people, have reportedly been detained during the past two days in the case.

On the other hand, District Police Officer (DPO) Swat Gul Afzal Khan Afridi has claimed that the mastermind behind the attack on Malala was a man named Ataullah.

Afzal moreover stated that Ataullah was from Swat's Sangota region and police and security forces had detained a number of individuals from in and around the region.

The DPO moreover stated that the detainees were shifted to an undisclosed location for questioning.

He said soon the accused would be brought before the public.

Moreover, police have been questioning people in the town of Mingora, in the Swat Valley, where the shooting took place.

AP adds: Afridi declined to give any details about the detained or what role they’re suspected of having in the shooting. He said he did not want to endanger the ongoing investigation.

Earlier on Friday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters that the two gunmen who staged the attack were not among those arrested, but he said investigators had identified the masterminds of the shooting and efforts were under way to capture all those involved.

Between April and June, authorities had arrested nearly 100 militants in the Swat Valley, said two security officials and a senior government official.

One of those arrested was a woman identified as Naheed Bibi, who was married to Fazlullah and had been sent by him to the valley to help reactivate militant cells there, the officials added.

Her interrogation led security officials to over 60 telephone numbers of SIM cards she and her aides had bought in various northwestern cities. By monitoring all the numbers, authorities rounded up the militants — including several would-be suicide bombers — and a large number of weapons and explosives was also seized, the officials said.

The officials did not want to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Zahir Shah contributed to reporting

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Muhammad Alvi
Oct 14, 2012 01:26am
We believe what we see.
Mohdudul Huq
Oct 13, 2012 01:00pm
Salute to our law enforcement officers for their brave works for Pakistan and save the country from the hand of enemy of Pakistan. Amen
Iftikhar Husain
Oct 13, 2012 11:54am
As pointed out in different reports all fingers are pointed to north Waziristan so it is time to army to march towards it. The Sri Lankans have done it we can also do it.
Oct 13, 2012 12:01pm
Still many people in Pakistan are saying its America who is doing all this in Pakistan. How ignorant they are. I don't know where we will reach with this denial. Can't these people see the hatred in Pakistani society, Don't they know about the special brand of Islam of Taliban. Don't they they know about kufr fatwas and its acceptance by a section of Pakistani society. Malala's unfortunate incident and so many other similar incidents are the result of home grown taliban and confused policy of our successive governments in this regard.
Oct 13, 2012 03:59pm
If Pakistan consider itself part of civilized society then lawlessness in the country should be irradicated completely and replace it with rule of law. Pakistan govt & military installation should take note of this.
Khan usafzai
Oct 13, 2012 04:42am
no one can escape the might of Taliban in Pakistan ...once they warn you and decide to hit you then all the govt machinery fail like anything ...
Oct 13, 2012 07:39am
Please don't send these killers to SC, The CJ will ask MLALA to wake up and record a witness statement otherwise these killers will be freed. I wish and pray from my heart that MALALA wakes up and identifies these terrorists otherwise S will let them free. I hope my comment are not in contempt of the court then please publish it.
Oct 13, 2012 09:35am
I sincerely hope that our judiciary does not let them walk away free (like it usually does).
Oct 13, 2012 12:54pm
This is what expected from these barbarian
Oct 13, 2012 10:21am
If you kill someone in name of something, you will also be killed in name of something, Don't be happy your enemy dies, your loved one dies too...
Oct 13, 2012 10:08am
So basically you mean that those who dies they are usually brought back to life to witness the culprits in the supreme court in an effort to prove their case? My friend supreme court need proof from others not from victims who dies. And i sure wish whenever police arrest those people who really are involved in this crime, should be shot dead on spot instead of bringing them to supreme court. Let these zaliman have taste of their own medicine. Like they kill innocents in suicide bombing. Same should be done to them to.
Shahid Niaz
Oct 13, 2012 09:28am
You are wrong! We only need to put up a united front with a one point agenda - uproot all militants.