Fourteen-Year-Old Pakistani Activist Shot by Taliban

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Photo: T. MUGHAL/EPA/Landov

Fourteen-year-old Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai was shot and wounded by Taliban gunmen as she boarded a bus on her way home from school yesterday. Yousafzai became famous after publishing a pseudonymous blog on BBC Urdu that described life under a Taliban edict banning all girls from attending school. Her family was the subject of a brief New York Times documentary that we recommend watching. Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan took credit for the shooting. “She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol," Ehsan told Reuters. "She was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas.” At least one other girl was wounded.