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Taliban: Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala 'a symbol of Western culture who must be killed'

Doctors in Pakistan say they have succeeded in removing a bullet from the neck of a 14-year old girl after she was shot by a Taliban gunman angered by her promotion of schoolgirls rights and outspoken defence of education for all. The attack took place on Monday as Malala Yousafzai was leaving school. Two other young girls were wounded in the shooting, one of them critically. Malala first came to public attention in 2009 when she began writing a diary for BBC Urdu of life in Pakistan's Swat valley after it was taken over by Taliban militants. Under the Taliban, strict Sharia law was enforced and girls were prohibited from going to school. Malala is well known in Pakistan for her work as a children's rights activist, especially with regard to education. In 2011, the 13-year old became the first Pakistani girl to be nominated for a Children's Peace Prize and later that year she was awarded the first National Peace Award by the Pakistani government. Taliban spokesmen said that they had attacked the teenager as "a symbol of Western culture" and warned that they would continue to target her as long as she lived. The attacks has garnered an international outcry with US President Barack Obama condemning the attack as "barbaric" and thousands of well-wishers sending her messages of encouragement via social media networking sites. Many Pakistanis have come out in support for what they call their "icon of courage" with schools in the Swat valley closing their doors in protest ...
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