Gunman Wounds Teenage Rights Activist in Pakistan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani official says a gunman has shot and wounded a teenaged children's rights activist on her way home from school in the volatile Swat Valley.

Dr. Tariq Mohammad at a hospital in Mingora says 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot twice but her wounds were not life-threatening.

Another girl was also shot and is in stable condition.

A police chief in the town, Rasool Shah, says a van was about to leave the school grounds when a bearded man approached and asked which one of the girls was Malala.

A girl pointed to Malala but when the activist denied it was her, the gunmen shot them both.

Yousufzai has been honored for her work documenting atrocities committed by the Taliban in the Swat Valley when they controlled the area.

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