Malala Yusafzai, born in 1998, is only an eighth-grade student from the town of Mingora in Swat district in the Frontier province which is now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At such a young age, she proved to be a threat to the Taliban and conservative forces as she stood for the right of girls to go to school. On October 9, masked Taliban gunmen stopped her school van while it was dropping children home. The gunmen first specifically asked for Malala and then sprayed her with bullets. She was shot in the head and neck; two other girls were also injured. Malala is now fighting for her life at the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar after being airlifted there.