The horrific attack on a Pakistani child rights activist, shot in the head by the Taliban in front of terrified schoolgirls, has raised fears that targeted attacks are on the rise in the Swat valley. Malala Yousafzai, 14, who won international recognition for a blog about the horrors of life under the Taliban and a campaign for the right to an education, is the highest-profile target of militants in Swat for more than three years.

She was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment and is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more thanĀ  USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. - Text and photos by Agencies.

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Pakistani students pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai at a school in Mingora on October 11, 2012.
Pakistani students pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai at a school in Mingora on October 11, 2012.
Pakistani students pray for the early recovery of Malala Yousafzai.
Pakistani students pray for the early recovery of Malala Yousafzai.
Pakistanis chant slogans during a protest to condemn the attack on Malala, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.
Pakistanis chant slogans during a protest to condemn the attack on Malala, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.
Pakistanis hold candles during a protest to condemn the attack on Malala Yousufzai.
Pakistanis hold candles during a protest to condemn the attack on Malala Yousufzai.
Pakistani demonstrators carry photographs of gunshot victim and child activist Malala Yousafzai during a protest against her assassination attempt.
Pakistani demonstrators carry photographs of gunshot victim and child activist Malala Yousafzai during a protest against her assassination attempt.
Pakistani students shout slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Quetta on October 11, 2012.
Pakistani students shout slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Quetta on October 11, 2012.

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