Malala Yousafzai: Bullet removed by Pakistan doctors


Pakistani civil society activists carry placards with a photograph of the gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai as they shout anti-Taliban slogans during a protest rally against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Islamabad on October 10, 2012. Pakistani doctors removed a bullet from a 14-year-old child campaigner shot by the Taliban in a horrific attack condemned by national leaders and rights activists.



Pakistani doctors said on Wednesday that they successfully removed a bullet from Malala Yousafzai's head, after she was shot by the Taliban in a horrific attack.

The 14-year-old activist remained in intensive care after the assassination attempt that happened in broad daylight on Tuesday.

The BBC said she was reported to be in stable condition after the operation.

Her father, Ziaudduin Yousafzai, said she was unconscious but had moved her hand slightly after surgery. There is a chance Malala could be moved abroad for further treatment, said the Guardian.

The brazen attack has outraged many Pakistanis, who gathered for anti-Taliban protests in many cities and held prayers for Malala's recovery.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik vowed on Wednesday to bring the Taliban group that attacked Malala to justice. "We have identified the gang which carried out the attack (on Malala Yousafzai) … and we also know when the terrorists arrived in Swat," said Malik, according to Pakistani newspaper DawnNews.

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Malala was shot in Mingora, the main town of the Swat valley, where she had campaigned for girls' rights to education following a Taliban insurgency in the area that was reportedly crushed in 2009, Agence France Presse said.

AFP reported that a provincial government spokesman said there was a 70 percent chance that Malala would not require further surgery. Pakistan International Airlines said it was ready to fly Malala out of the country if she needed further treatment, and former cricketer and politician Imran Khan offered to pay for her medical expenses.

Pakistani officials, including the president, prime minister and powerful army chief, have all condemned the attack, according to the BBC, with army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani saying the Taliban had "failed to grasp that she is not only an individual, but an icon of courage."

The Taliban had warned on Tuesday that they would target Malala again if she survived.

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