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Victim gained worldwide attention for blogging against the Taliban when they ruled Swat.
By Ashfaq Yusufzai and Zahir Shah
MINGORA – Militants fired at a vehicle October 9, wounding Malala Yousafzai, the girl who earned international fame for blogging about their reign of terror in Swat in 2008 and 2009, media reported.
“She was attacked while returning back from school in the family car,” her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, said. “Three other girls also sustained injuries.” Malala was shot in the neck but is out of danger, doctors said. She was shifted to Peshawar for additional treatment.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack through spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan.
“The Taliban have been threatening her for a long time,” Malala’s father said.
The government granted her family’s request to provide a bodyguard one month ago, he said. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain denounced the Taliban for attacking women. “It is the sign of weakness of Taliban that they have been targeting females,” he said.
Malala rose to prominence for posting about the Taliban on the BBC Urdu website when the Taliban controlled her hometown of Swat.