Taliban shoot peace-campaigning schoolgirl, 14
A GIRL of 14 was shot in the head by the Taliban yesterday after hitting out at their ban on female education.
Activist Malala Yousufzai, 14, first spoke out against the militants when she was just 11 after they took control of her region in Pakistan. Another girl was wounded when a man opened fire on her schoolbus in the Swat valley, north-west of the capital Islamabad. Malala, who was also hit in the neck, was airlifted to a military hospital in Peshawar. Her wounds are not life-threatening.
The shooting sparked outrage in the country. Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf called her a “daughter of Pakistan”. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland branded it “barbaric” and “cowardly”.
Malala began writing a blog for the BBC in 2009 about life under the Taliban. She used a pseudonym to speak out about the need for girls’ education.
Taliban extremists destroyed around 200 schools in her region before they were flushed out.
The Taliban yesterday admitted targeting the girl. A spokesman said: “This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish it.”