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Taliban says it would target Malala again

The Pakistani Taliban says, if given the chance, it would again target a teenager who has become an icon for the education of girls worldwide.

Malala Yousafzai spoke to the United Nations on her 16th birthday, having recovered from last year's attack.

Years after militants unofficially banned girls from schools in pakistan's swat valley, Malala became an advocate for girls' education, blogging anonymously for the BBC. Militants attacked Malala on a school bus in October 2012, shooting her in the head. She was flown to Britain, where she underwent brain surgery and survived.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Shahidullah Shahid, denies Malala was targeted for promoting education for girls -- saying instead that she was used in propaganda against the Taliban. He says the Taliban would target Malala again, just as it would target anyone who opposes it.

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Washington Times