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Pak girl activist wounded in attack

A fifteen-year-old girl who spoke up against Taliban oppression was targeted in Swat on Tuesday. Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked on her way back from school is now fighting for life in a Peshawar hospital. Imtiaz Ahmad reports.

world Updated: Oct 10, 2012 00:13 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

A fifteen-year-old girl who spoke up against Taliban oppression was targeted in Swat on Tuesday.

Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked on her way back from school is now fighting for life in a Peshawar hospital. Yousafzai, who emerged as a champion for education for girls in the strife- torn Swat valley was targetted by the Taliban for her views and "as a warning to others."

She rose to prominence after wroting an online diary on the BBC website.

Soon after the attack, the Taliban accepted responsibility and warned that they would attack her again and any other children who spoke on "secular" matters.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said the TTP accepts responsibility of the attack as Yousafzai was propagating anti-Taliban and 'secular' thoughts among the youth of the area. Ahsan said "she was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling US President Obama her idol."

Earlier this year, Yousafzai was honoured with a first ever National Peace by the government and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by advocacy group KidsRights Foundation in 2011.

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