From USA Today: Taliban gunman shoots teen advocate of educating girls
11:04AM EST October 9. 2012 - A 14-year-old Pakistani activist who has championed the education of girls was shot Tuesday by a Taliban gunman while she was riding home from school in a bus.
teenager -- Malala Yousafzai -- was shot as the bus was about to leave
the school grounds in the town of Mingora in Pakistan's volatile Swat
valley, the Associated Press reports.
Malala has stirred the anger of the Taliban by publicizing their atrocities, particularly on women and girls.
town's police chief says the gunman approached the bus and asked which
one of the girls was Malala. Another girl pointed to Malala, but the
activist denied it was she and the gunman then shot both girls, the AP
But a police official also tells the BBC Urdu service that unidentified gunmen opened fire on the schoolgirls as they were about to board a van or bus.
was shot twice — once in the head and once in the neck — but her wounds
are not life-threatening, says Tariq Mohammad, a doctor at Mingora's
main hospital. The second girl shot was in stable condition, the doctor
Pakistani television showed pictures of Malala being taken by helicopter to a military hospital in Peshawar.
the past, the Taliban has threatened Malala and her family for her
activism. When she was only 11, she began writing a blog under a
pseudonym for the BBC's Urdu service about life under Taliban
After the Taliban were ejected from the Swat Valley
in the summer of 2009, she began speaking out publicly about the
militant group and the need for girls' education.
While chairing a
session of a children's assembly supported by UNICEF in the valley last
year, the then-13-year-old championed a greater role for young people,
the AP reports.
"Girl members play an active role," she said,
according to an article on the U.N. organization's website. "We have
highlighted important issues concerning children, especially promoting
girls' education in Swat."