A Pakistani girl known for promoting women’s education and denouncing the Taliban was shot multiple times Tuesday as she left school in Swat Valley. Police say 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot once in the head and once in the neck after gunmen stopped her school bus and demanded that other students identify her. At least two other girls were wounded in the shooting.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. “She wanted to make our women leave their homes for secular education, something the Taliban will never permit," said Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan.
“This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter,” Ahsan added. “We have carried out this attack."
Yousafzai is in stable condition at a Peshawar hospital. The other wounded girls are also in good condition. The Taliban vowed to kill Yousafzai if she survives.
Yousafzai, who previously won Pakistan’s National Peace Prize, kept an online diary about her activism. In numerous entries she expressed her fear of the Taliban.
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