The Straits Times
Published on Oct 11, 2012

International anger at shooting of Pakistan campaigner


PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) - International outrage grew on Thursday at the shooting of a teenage Pakistani campaigner by the Taleban, with United States (US) President Barack Obama leading condemnation of the "disgusting" attack.

United Nations 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 in broad daylight 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 north-west, where Malala had campaigned for the right to an education during a two-year Taleban insurgency which the army said it had crushed in 2009.

On Wednesday doctors successfully performed surgery to remove the bullet lodged near her shoulder, where it moved after entering her head, in a military hospital in the north-western city of Peshawar.