Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai shot by Taliban

  • 10 October 2012

A Pakistan schoolgirl who campaigns for girls' rights in her country has been shot.

Malala Yousafzai, who's 14-years old, was targeted by the Taliban, while travelling on her school bus.

The Taliban are an armed group with strong views about Islam and how the religion should govern people's lives.

Malala became well known in Pakistan and around the world when she wrote a blog about living under Taliban law in her hometown.

Doctors say they've operated on her and she's in a stable condition in hospital.

Taliban closed schools

The Taliban took control of Malala's hometown in Pakistan's Swat Valley in 2007.

They banned school uniform and closed girls' schools and Malala wrote a blog under a fake name, protesting about what they were doing.

The Taliban were finally forced out of the area by the Pakistan military in 2009.

Secularism

The people who shot her have admitted that they did it because they say she 'promotes secularism'.

Secularism is when someone believes that religion should not interfere with the way a government runs a country.

Two other girls on the school bus were hurt in the attack and are being looked after in hospital.