PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen in Pakistan shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday a 14-year-old schoolgirl who rose to fame for speaking out against the militants, authorities said.
Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck when gunmen fired on her school bus in the Swat valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad. Two other girls were also wounded, police said.
Yousufzai became famous for speaking out against the Pakistani Taliban at a time when even the government seemed to be appeasing the hardline Islamists.
The government agreed to a ceasefire with the Taliban in Swat in early 2009, effectively recognizing insurgent control of the valley whose lakes and mountains had long been a tourist attraction.
The Taliban set up courts, executed residents and closed girls' schools, including the one that Yousufzai attended. A documentary team filmed her weeping as she explained her ambition to be a doctor.
"My friend came to me and said, 'for God's sake, answer me honestly, is our school going to be attacked by the Taliban?'," Yousufzai, then 11, wrote in a blog published by the BBC.
"During the morning assembly we were told not to wear colorful clothes as the Taliban would object."
The army launched an offensive and retook control of Swat later that year, and Yousufzai later received the country's highest civilian award. She was also nominated for international awards for child activists.
Since then, she has received numerous threats. On Tuesday, gunmen arrived at her school and asked for her by name, witnesses told police. Yousufzai was shot when she came out of class and went to a bus.
Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said his group was behind the shooting.
"She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol," Ehsan said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
"She was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas," he said, referring the main ethnic group in northwest Pakistan and southern and eastern Afghanistan. Most members of the Taliban come from conservative Pashtun tribes.
Doctors were struggling to save Yousufzai, said Lal Noor, a doctor at the Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital in the Swat valley's main town of Mingora.
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I take my hat off to you Russ. I hadn't thought it possible
Logically you can't kill them all, not even close. And too you'll never kill their ideals. Get used to them or avoid them. Are there any other options?
What is it about 1500 years the Christians and Islamics have been waring? That said, we're not doing so bad at present.
Christians and Muslims are fighting two different wars.
Christians are on a Crusade with modern day armaments while Muslim extremists are fighting an economic war. The more the West ramps up its war, the more the Muslim extremists succeed.
(Sidles up to William Blake and discreetly takes him by the arm)
Walk with me, sir. Nothing to worry about. It's for your own safety,sir.
(They walk along dimly lit cobbled alleyways.)
See, we can't talk like that around these parts, sir. No, it wouldn't do, sir. Not at all. You'll be waking up all the lefty fuckwits in their bed-sits and they'll be all over the board, regurgitating their tired Marxist dogma and making a right old fuss. Like chickens they are, sir; all a-clucking and a-pecking. Then where would we be? Kerfuffleshire, that's where.
Ah, here we are.
(Opens wicket gate)
In here, sir. There's a table down the end there. Sit yourself down and I'll be along shortly. Quickly now, sir, quickly.
(Disappears into the fog)
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Are there at least some tarts?
Get me some tarts, will you?
This country is going to the dogs.
(Ducks back to doorway and lifts top hat, leering.)
You'll find Peg O'Nell by the third gin barrel from the left, sir. I daresay a kind word and a smile and she might see her way to making a gentleman...comfortable.
Why did JD and Chang mention Christians? Seems to me it's just backward Mulsims vs civilized Westerners. But I may be wrong. I ain't no Christian and don't much care for Muslims. I'm no Crusader. Anyway I'm off to bed.