- The Washington Times - Monday, October 7, 2013

The 16-year-old Pakistani girl who fought for the right of girls to receive an education and was subsequently shot in the head by Taliban forces is hardly safe from the terrorist group’s wrath.

A spokesman for the group, Shahidullah Shahid, said on CNN on Monday that Malala Yousafzai is still a target. The Taliban would try and kill her again if given the chance, he said.

But he said she wasn’t targeted because she promoted education for girls in Pakistan, but rather because she opposed the group and was used as a tool of propaganda.

Malala was 15 years old when gunmen boarded her school bus in Pakistan and shot her in the head. She survived that attack, after receiving brain surgery in Britain. The world expressed outrage at the attack and in July, on her 16th birthday, she spoke before the United Nations.

“They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed,” she said then, CNN reported. “And then, out of that silence, came thousands of voices.”

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