According to reports, the Taliban gunmen entered a school bus Ms. Yousafzai was returning home in along with other school children. They singled her out and shot her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also injured in the attack.
According to authorities, Ms. Yousafzai was in serious condition at a hospital in Peshawar, with a bullet probably stuck close to her brain.
She garnered the attention of the world when in 2009 she wrote a diary for BBC Urdu under the pen name Gul Makai about life under Taliban militants who had seized controls of Swat valley from the Pakistani government, killed people and destroyed school buildings until they were driven out by Pakistani military forces during an offensive in 2009.
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