Is The Taliban Leader Responsible For Malala Attack Posting On LinkedIn?

The social media site connects professions looking to network or find a job. Has a terrorist created a profile?

It's a new year and folks are looking to network and find jobs. Even murderous terrorists, it appears. 

Fake or not, an account discovered on LinkedIn is chilling. The profile is thought to belong to a Taliban commander. Not just any Taliban leader, Ehsanullah Ehsanthis is wanted in connection with the assassination attempt on Malala Yousufzai.  

The terrorist lists his skills as “jihad and journalism.”  He's made over 65 LinkedIn connections and his description lists him as “self-employed”.  Also included is information about his education, employment history and language skills along with a headshot photo. 

The account was taken down after the network was approached by reporters from the Telegraph. A spokesperson told the paper that a security team had decided to “restrict” the account, however she said that a lack of “Taliban recruiting messages” suggests it may be a fake.

Our security team has a high degree of confidence that it is a fake account, which is reason enough to restrict it.”

In 2012, Pakistani authorities placed a one million dollar bounty on Ehsan, at the time the spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban. It came after the group claimed responsibility for an attempt on the life of Malala Yousufzai, campaigning for girls’ education. Malala, widely praised for her courage, went on to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.



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