Daily Mail – A Taliban commander has written to teenage schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai explaining why she was shot in the head by the group – but also expressing regret that it ever happened. In faltering English, wanted terrorist Adnan Rasheed said he was shocked to hear of the assassination attempt last October.
Malala, then 15, was gravely wounded by masked gunmen who singled her out as she returned home in a school bus in Pakistan’s north-west Swat Valley. The shooting sparked worldwide condemnation and Malala was flown to Britain for treatment. She has recovered so well that she was able to give a speech at the UN in New York on her 16th birthday last week saying she has new courage to fight for the right of all children to have a free education.
The letter from Rasheed, who was freed in a mass jail break last year after he was arrested over a plot to murder Pakistan’s former president, falls short of offering a full apology.