Shooting of Pakistan girl activist sparks outrage

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Many schools in Pakistan’s Swat Valley closed their doors in protest today and the country’s army chief vowed to fight on against militants as anger erupted across the nation over the Taliban attack on a 14-year-old activist famed for promoting girls’ education.

Malala Yousufzai was in the intensive care unit at a military hospital in Peshawar, recovering from an early morning surgery to remove a bullet from her neck a day after the attack. A Pakistani official said doctors thought she was out of danger.

The country’s top military officer, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the attack. He vowed the military would not bow to terrorists like those who shot Yousufzai.

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