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8 out of 10 Taliban militants arrested for attack on Malala, secretly released

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A senior Pakistani security source has confirmed the release of the eight militants who attacked Malala Yousafzai in 2012, as per a report of an English news portal, The Independent.

The source has also mentioned that in order to “avoid a media fuss,” the eight militants were clandestinely released.

In April, there were many reports of 10 Talibani militants being imprisoned for life after the verdict of a Pakistani court. Now, however, the media is blazing with the reports that eight out of the 10 arrested militants have been acquitted and released.

In 2012, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head in Swat Valley in Pakistan by a group of Talibani militants because she was campaigning for education for girls.

“The trial had absolutely no credibility. Nobody was there to witness it except the prosecutor, the judge, the army and the accused,” the source was quoted as saying.

The aforementioned source was also quoted saying, “This was a tactic to get the media pressure away from the Malala case because the whole world wanted convictions for the crime. But the truth is that, whether these acquitted men were involved or not in the Malala shooting, the public has been lied to. Ten men are not behind bars for the crime, as the Pakistani authorities would have us believe. That is a big lie.”

The Police Chief of Swat Valley, Azad Khan and the Pakistan High Commission in London confirmed the conviction of two men and said that the other eight were released due to lack of adequate evidence, according to a report published in The Independent.  The High Commission further stated that, “The claims of 10 being imprisoned were due to a misunderstanding and it was misreported at the time.”

Malala Yousafzai, now 17 and currently living in Birmingham, UK, won the Nobel Prize in 2014 for her “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

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Two-Wave U.S. Flu Season is Now the Longest in Ten Years

Still, this flu season is not nearly as bad as last winter's 19-week season, the deadliest in at least four decades. An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last season.

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Emergency room nurse Christine Bauer treats Joshua Lagade of Vista, California, for the flu in the emergency room at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, U.S., Jan.18, 2018. VOA

Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.

This flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks, according to reports collected through last week and released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That makes it among the longest seen since the government started tracking flu season duration more than 20 years ago.

Some experts likened the unusual double waves to having two different flu seasons compressed, back-to-back, into one.

“I don’t remember a season like this,” said Dr. Arnold Monto, a University of Michigan researcher who had been studying respiratory illnesses for more than 50 years.

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Still, this flu season is not nearly as bad as last winter’s 19-week season, the deadliest in at least four decades. An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last season. VOA

The previous longest recent flu season was 20 weeks, which occurred in 2014-2015.

Flu can cause a miserable, relatively mild illness in many people and a more severe illness in others. Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk from flu and its complications. Flu vaccinations are recommended annually for all but the very young.

The current season began the week of Thanksgiving, a typical start time. At the beginning, most illnesses were caused by a flu strain that tends not to cause as many hospitalizations and which is more easily controlled by vaccines.

But in mid-February, a nastier strain started causing more illnesses and driving up hospitalizations.

Not helping matters: The harsher bug is not well matched to the vaccine, said the CDC’s Lynnette Brammer, who oversees flu tracking.

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Some experts likened the unusual double waves to having two different flu seasons compressed, back-to-back, into one. Pixabay

Still, this flu season is not nearly as bad as last winter’s 19-week season, the deadliest in at least four decades. An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last season.

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The CDC is estimating that flu-related deaths this season in the range of 35,000 to 55,000.

More good news: Brammer said that although the virus is notoriously unpredictable, signs suggest this flu season should be over soon.

“It’s on the verge” of being over, she said. “If nothing changes.” (VOA)