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Human rights activist Malala Yousafzai announced she married her “spouse” in a small ceremony in Birmingham, England, nearly a decade after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban over a campaign for girls’ education in Pakistan.

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Yousafzai said Tuesday afternoon that the couple “took the knot” with a small Islamic wedding ceremony called nikah, which involves the signing of a marriage contract.

Photos shared by Yousafzai online show her and her husband, identified only as Assar, sitting with their parents, Ziauddin Yousafzai and Toor Pekai Yousafzai.

Yousafzai said the pair are “excited to walk together for the journey ahead”. Twitter, and asked her followers to pray for her and her new husband.

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