The Taliban's latest target is a 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl.
A spokesperson for the fundamentalist movement took responsibility for shooting Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken equal education advocate and Taliban critic — she called them "barbarians" in a BBC interview last year — who is famous for her blog, "Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl," about being a 14-year-old girl under Taliban rule. She was shot while on the way home from school.
Sure, Malala was young, a spokesperson told Reuters, but she "was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol." And, therefore, a worthy target.
She's in stable condition — this girl is so kickass she can apparently withstand even a bullet to the skull — but the spokesperson said the Taliban would try to shoot her again if she survived.
Pakistani activists are understandably horrified that even the Taliban would stoop this low. "Come on, brothers, be real men. Kill a school girl," journalist Nadeem Paracha tweeted. We hope Malala recovers soon. What a hero.
Pakistani Activist, 14, Is Shot by Taliban [NYT]
(Video via Pakistan's Express News.)