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Taliban target teenage rights activist

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Taliban target teenage rights activist


A 14-year-old girl has been taken to hospital in north-west Pakistan, after being deliberately targeted by the Taliban.

Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck as she made her way home from school in Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley. Another girl with her was also injured.

The local police chief told reporters the gunman asked for Malala by name. When other students pointed her out, he opened fire.

The girls were airlifted to hospital in Peshawar. Reports suggest they will survive their injuries.

However, this is no random attack. The Taliban admit they targeted Malala specifically because of her views and activism. From the age of 11 she published a diary, detailing life in the Swat Valley under the Taliban. She has won an national bravery award and been nominated for an international children’s peace award.

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