(NEW YORK) — One year ago, a Taliban assassin put a gun to 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai’s head and pulled the trigger because she wanted to go to school. Now, the Taliban is threatening her again, on the eve of the most important week of her life.
“Malala Yousafzai targeted and criticized Islam,” Shahidullah Shahid, the spokesman for the Pakistan Taliban, said Saturday in Waziristan. “She was against Islam and we tried to kill her, and if we get a chance again we will definitely try to kill her, and we will feel proud killing her.”
The new death threat against the young education activist, whose miraculous recovery, courage and commitment has catapulted her onto the world stage, comes as the Nobel committee is considering whether Yousafzai will be the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced on Friday, Oct. 11. Her new autobiography, I Am Malala, will be published in 21 countries on Oct. 8.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN