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Obama calls Taliban attack on Pak teenage peace activist 'disgusting and tragic'.

Washington, Oct. 11 ( ANI ): U.S. President Barack Obama has described the Taliban attack on 14-year-old Pakistani peace activist Malala Yousafzai as "reprehensible, disgusting and tragic".

White House spokesperson Jay Carney relayed President Obama's sentiments and said that the U.S. has offered any necessary assistance to Malala, reports The Express Tribune.

"As part of this offer, the U.S. military has agreed to provide air ambulance and medical treatment at a facility suitable for her condition if it becomes necessary," Carney said.

"Our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded, as well as their families," he added.

Malala was shot in the neck and head and two other girls sustained injuries when the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) opened fire on their school van in Swat valley on Tuesday.

The TTP said they had shot her because she had "promoted secularism", and that they would target her again if she survives.

Earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said that Malala has been very brave in standing up for the rights of girls in the area she belongs to. She said that the teenage peace activist was attacked and shot by extremists who don't want girls to become leaders, and are threatened by that kind of empowerment.

She added that their efforts should be to support women who struggle against tradition, culture, outright hostility and violence to pursue their potential. ( ANI )


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