Taliban splinter group threatens Malala

2014-10-11 13:12
Malala Yousafzaiat (AP)

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Social media lights up as Yousafzai, Satyarthi win Nobel Prize

2014-10-10 12:10

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Social media lit up with messages of congratulations for the two laureates. Watch.WATCH

Islamabad - A powerful breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban threatened teen education activist Malala Yousafzai with "sharp and shiny knives", hours after she was declared joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Jamaat ul Ahrar, which in August separated from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also known as the Pakistani Taliban - posted its response to the win on Twitter late on Friday.

"Characters like Malala should know that we are not deterred by propaganda of [non-believers]. We have prepared sharp and shiny knives for the enemy of Islam," tweeted spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan.

"Malala speaks so much against guns and armed conflicts. Does she not know that the founder of her recent Nobel award was the inventor of explosives," the spokesperson said.

Malala, a 17-year-old education activist, survived a gunshot wound to the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012.

The mainstream TTP, an umbrella organisation of over a dozen groups, has not commented on Malala's accolade.

Malala has received praise in Pakistan for becoming the youngest-ever Nobel Peace laureate, with all major newspapers running front page stories on her achievement.

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