The Pakistani Taliban would target 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai again if given the chance, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN on Monday.

Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said Miss Yousafzai, an education activist who was shot in the head and neck last year, was targeted because she campaigned against the Taliban.

He said they would hunt her down again, just as they would with anyone who opposes the organization, CNN reported.

Miss Yousafzai said in a BBC interview published Monday that the Taliban are “misusing the name of Islam.”

“Killing people, torturing people and flogging people … it’s totally against Islam,” she said.

The Taliban banned girls from schools in the Swat Valley in 2009. The teen anonymously blogged for the BCC and became a prominent voice for female education.


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