Malala Yousufzai, Taliban shooting survivor, unfazed by new threats

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(CBS News) A year ago, Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while riding a school bus. Now, as the 16-year-old Pakistani activist releases her autobiography worldwide, the Taliban is renewing its vow to silence her.

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A Taliban spokesman tells Britain's Telegraph newspaper that "anyone who campaigns against our religion and criticizes Islam is our enemy, and so we will target her again, and again."

Malala was targeted last year for publicly criticizing the Taliban's stance against educating girls.

In an interview with the BBC, Malala says the attack only strengthened her convictions.

"Once the opportunity of going to school - this right - was snatched from us, and we have seen terrorism, and we know that education is important, and we know that the terrorists were afraid of the power of education. And that's why they stopped us from going to school," she said.

However, Malala remains unstoppable. Her story has gained worldwide attention, and gave the teenage activist an international stage.

In July, she celebrated her 16th birthday by addressing the United Nations in New York. She is also among the frontrunners for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

On Tuesday, her autobiography will be sold in 21 countries, including Pakistan.

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As Malala continues to receive threats from the Taliban, she dismisses them and says, one day, she plans to return to her country.

"When we are trying to make our future brighter, then we must do something for it," she said. "And the Taliban or some people think a girl cannot do it, cannot move forward. And I think that I can move forward, and I can do it."

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