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Obama and UN chief condemn Pakistan shooting as reward offered

Published on Oct 11, 2012 11:01 AM

PESHAWAR (AFP) - US President Barack Obama decried the "disgusting" shooting of a teenaged Pakistani activist by the Taliban as local authorities announced a reward of more than US$100,000 (S$122,900) for the gunmen.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon also expressed horror at the attack on Malala Yousafzai, 14, who is in intensive care after she was shot in the head on a school bus on Tuesday, an assassination attempt that has appalled Pakistan.

It took place in Mingora, the main town of the Swat valley in Pakistan's northwest, where Malala had campaigned for the right to an education during a two-year Taliban insurgency which the army said it crushed in 2009.

On Wednesday doctors successfully performed a three-hour operation to remove a bullet lodged near her shoulder where it had moved after entering her head. She was being treated in a military hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

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