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Acclaimed Child Activist Shot in Pakistan; Taliban Takes Blame

A 14-year-old girl who campaigned against the Taliban in Pakistan was injured after she and a schoolmate were shot by an unidentified gunman in the tribal region of Swat, police spokesman Ziaur Rehman said.

Malala Yousufzai was nominated last year for the International Children’s Peace Prize after she wrote a blog under an assumed name for the British Broadcasting Corp. to publicize Taliban atrocities, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, Geo television reported today, without saying where it got the information.

A bearded gunman approached a vehicle taking children home from school and asked for Yousufzai before shooting her and another girl, the channel reported, citing one of the occupants.

An army helicopter moved the activist to a hospital in Peshawar, the provincial capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, following intensive care in a local facility in Swat, Geo TV said.

President Asif Ali Zardari condemned the attack, calling it a “dastardly act” in a statement issued today by his office. Pakistan will “continue its fight against militants till its logical conclusion,” he said.

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