Doctors in Pakistan have managed to remove a bullet from a 14-year-old blogger who was attacked by Taliban gunman on her way back from school on Tuesday.

Malala Yousafzai was shot in the face and the leg for being "pro-West" according to the Taliban. She is said to be in a stable condition.

The 14-year-old has been vocal in campaigning for girls’ rights to education, banned under the Islamist militant group.

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Malala has been writing a blog for the BBC about atrocities committed by the Taliban


Malala was only 11 when she started documenting how difficult it was to get an education: "I dreamt of a country where education would prevail," she wrote.

Her anonymous blog, first published by BBC Urdu, documented Taliban atrocities committed in Pakistan’s Swat Valley and saw the schoolgirl receive international praise.

She was awarded the country’s first peace award by Pakistan’s prime minister in 2011. Her bravery has been hailed by activists and politicians alike.

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the attack, saying “only those, who are against progress and development of the peoples on both sides of the Durand line [the international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan], could perpetrate such a crime.”


Syed Munawar Hasan
Attack on Malala Yousaf Zai is deplorable and I strongly condemn this act. I hope that she will recover soon inshaALLAH

Prominent human rights activists and politicians from around the world have also voiced support for Malala:


Mona Eltahawy
the world's collective heart cradles you with love and wishes for a speedy recovery, you beautiful and brave girl!


Christine Milne
On International Day of the Girl, let's honour Malala. We need to make sure she gets the best that modern medicine can provide. Such courage


Jemima Khan
Glad to hear IK is flying to Peshawar tonight to visit in Hospital. Taliban butchers must be condemned by all parties/ clerics


Hassan Nisar
Our thoughts & prayers are with Malala and I fully stand with her and her family in all we can do for them.

Claiming responsibility for the attack, Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told Pakistani media that “anyone preaching a similar path will also be targeted” and told BBC Urdu that if Malala recovered she would not be spared.

The spokesman said that the young peace campaigner was targeted because she “promoted secularism and so-called enlightened moderation.”

"This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter," Ehsan added.

According to Al Jazeera, the Taliban said it was "obligatory" to target someone who "leads a campaign against Islam and Sharia".

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on 14-year-old Malala and said if she recovered she would not be spared


Although there are a number of differing reports, witnesses claim that Malala was attacked after a bearded gunman boarded her school bus in Mingora.

The man is reported to have asked who Malala was. Whilst one schoolgirl pointed to Malala, the activist denied it was her. The gunman then shot Malala and another girl sitting next to her. A third girl was also wounded.

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Doctors at the Saidu Sharif Medical Complex in Mingora said the bullet missed Malala's brain, leaving her out of immediate danger.

The Swat Valley was seized by the Taliban in 2007 and while a ceasefire was agreed with the Pakistan government in 2009, the latest attack has cause some activists to question whether the insurgents have really been driven from the region.

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    People rush a school girl who was shot and wounded when unknown gunmen fired at a vehicle carrying Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls’ education despite Taliban threats to a hospital in Mingora Swat Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls’ education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize. EPA/HASEEB ALI

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    A wounded Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai, is moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar for treatment in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. A Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school in Pakistanís volatile Swat Valley Tuesday and shot and wounded a 14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban, officials said.(AP Photo/Sherin Zada)

  • A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban th

    A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban threats after she was shot and wounded in Swat following her shifting to Peshawar Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize.

  • A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban th

    A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban threats after she was shot and wounded in Swat following her shifting to Peshawar Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize.

  • A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban th

    A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban threats after she was shot and wounded in Swat following her shifting to Peshawar Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize.

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  • Malala Yousafzai

    People rush a school girl who was shot and wounded when unknown gunmen fired at a vehicle carrying Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls’ education despite Taliban threats to a hospital in Mingora Swat Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls’ education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize. EPA/HASEEB ALI

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    A picture made available on 09 October 2012 shows Malala Yousafzai in Islamabad Pakistan 08 March 2012. Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls’ education despite Taliban threats was shot and wounded by unknown gunmen in Swat on 09 October 2012. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls’ education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize. EPA/T. MUGHAL

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    A handout picture made available by the Press Information Department on 09 October 201 shows Malala Yousafzai (L) receiving National Youth Peace Prize from Pakistan s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad Pakistan 20 December 2012. Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls’ education despite Taliban threats was shot and wounded by unknown gunmen in Swat on 09 October 2012. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls’ education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize

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