The Pakistan branch of the Taliban has vowed to attack Malala Yousafzai again if it gets the chance, saying the young education rights campaigner has "no courage".

Taliban gunmen tried to kill Malala on her school bus on 9 October last year in the Swat District of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The Taliban said the attack on the 16-year-old schoolgirl was because of her anti-Islam remarks and not her pursuit of education.

She survived and became a global ambassador for the right of all children to go to school.

She is now among the favourites for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be awarded on Friday.

Malala has dismissed the threats against her life and repeated her desire to return to Pakistan from the UK, where she currently lives.