The former Taliban spokesperson linked to the group’s assassination attempt of human rights activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012 has reportedly escaped from Pakistani custody.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former leader and spokesperson for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan terrorist group, reportedly resurfaced in social media this week and said he’d escaped. “With the help of God, I succeeded to escape on January 11 from the confinement of the security forces,” Ehsan reportedly said in the video.
The purported audio clip, which journalist Ihsan Tipu Mehsud posted on Twitter Thursday, made the rounds on social media.
Yousafzai ultimately recovered from her injuries, won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, and has gone on to become one of the best-known human rights activists in the world. The man believed to have ordered both the attack on Yousafzai and the Peshawar massacre, Maulana Fazlullah, was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2018.