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October 9, 2012: Taliban Attempts Assassination Of Feminist Icon Malala Yousafzai

The 14-year-old activist and writer was attacked by gunmen on her way to school.

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On October 9, 2012, members of the Pakistani Taliban attempted to assassinate feminist icon Malala Yousafzai. The 14-year-old activist and writer was attacked on her way to school in Mingora, the region's main town. Malala had come to public attention after writing about her experiences living under the military rule of the area’s Taliban faction. The Taliban immediately took credit for the attack and said they would destroy the girl in retaliation for her secularism and anti-Taliban sentiments.

Witnesses say gunmen stopped a group of girls about to board a bus and specifically asked for Malala by name before opening fire. Two other girls, Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan, were also wounded in the shooting.

Malala would go on to recover from the injuries suffered during the attack. She would later be hailed as a champion for women’s rights. In 2014 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate in history. In August of 2017, she gained admission to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford to study for a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


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