14-year-old Pakistani activist shot by Taliban gunmen

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Taliban gunmen shot 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai Tuesday, leaving her in critical condition.

Yousafzai was on board a bus with other schoolchildren when the gunmen boarded and shot her in the head and neck, the New York Times reported. Two other girls were also wounded in the attack.

According to the BBC, Yousafzai's public presence began in 2009, when she wrote a blog for BBC Urdu documenting life under the Taliban. Her native Swat Valley was captured by the Taliban in 2007, but they were ousted in a Pakistani military offensive in 2009.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told the New York Times that if Yousafzai survives, she will be targeted again.

"Let this be a lesson," he said.

In Pakistan, public figures immediately condemned the attack, the BBC reported.

"Malala is like my daughter, and yours too," said Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. "If that mindset prevails, then whose daughter would be safe?"

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