Special Report

The Most Famous Failed Assassinations

John Harrington

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36. Malala Yousafzai, women’s education advocate
> Date: Jan. 4, 2013
> Location: Mingora, Pakistan
> Method of attack: Gun
> Attacker: Taliban

Malala Yousafzai, who at 17 years old was the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, was shot by a Taliban gunman in October 2012 for advocating education for women. After surviving the attack she continued to speak out in favor of women’s education. Yousafzai spoke at the first UN Youth Assembly in 2019 in support of universal education.

37. Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela
> Date: Aug. 4, 2018
> Location: Caracas, Venezuela
> Method of attack: Drone
> Attacker: Soldados de Franelas

Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, survived an attack from a drone. The apparent attack was captured on television as the Venezuelan chief executive was reviewing a military parade. Venezuelan authorities said there were two separate explosions from two drones and the blasts caused a panic among those gathered for the event. Seven people were injured. Dozens of people were arrested and Maduro blamed far-right extremists and the Colombian government for the attack.