Malala Yousafzai was on her way home from school in the former Taliban fort of Swat when two men opened fire, shooting her in the forehead and wounding a friend.
Eye witnesses said a bearded man had asked for the girl by name before opening fire.
Her work earned her international acknowledgment and many peace awards after she was disclosed as Gul Makai, the brave seventh grader who wrote a blog for the BBC’s Urdu service when the Taliban dominated Swat in 2009.
But it also brought death warnings. In March, a spokesman for the Pakistan Taliban said the girl was on their hit list.
The shooting has shocked Pakistan, a nation long hard-boiled to sickening acts of violence.