Senior Taliban figure explains why group shot Malala Yousafzai in extraordinary letter to teenage activist

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A senior figure in the Pakistan Taliban has written an extraordinary letter to the campaigning schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai setting out the reasons why she was shot – and coming close to expressing regret.

In the four-page document, passed to The Daily Telegraph, Adnan Rasheed described his shock at hearing that the 15 year-old had been shot last year.

He claimed that he had wanted to warn her against criticising the Taliban because of his “brotherly” feelings towards someone from his own Yousafzai tribe.

“When you were attacked it was shocking for me. I wished it would never happened and I had advised you before,” he wrote.

Malala, who has spent the past nine months in Britain recovering from her injuries, was shot twice by masked gunmen who singled her out among her friends on a school bus in the town of Mingora…

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