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Friday 22 September 2017

Shot Malala (14) moved to safer place

Malala Yousufzai (14) was unconscious in critical condition after being shot in the head and neck as she left school, but doctors said she had moved her arms and legs slightly.
Malala Yousufzai (14) was unconscious in critical condition after being shot in the head and neck as she left school, but doctors said she had moved her arms and legs slightly.

Jibran Ahmad Peshawar

THE Pakistani schoolgirl fighting for her life after being shot by Taliban gunmen has been transferred from a hospital in a province that is a militant haven to a specialist hospital in the army garrison town of Rawalpindi.

Malala Yousufzai (14) was unconscious in critical condition after being shot in the head and neck as she left school, but doctors said she had moved her arms and legs slightly.

Her father, Ziauddin Yousufzai, who runs a girls' school, said his daughter had defied threats for years, believing the good work she was doing was her best protection.

"Pray for her," her distraught uncle, Faiz Mohammad, said.

A husband-and-wife team of two British doctors who were attending a seminar in Pakistan at the time of the attack, joined local surgeons in treating her.

She was shot with two other girls on Tuesday as she left school in Swat, northwest of Islamabad. One of the girls is out of danger and the other remains in critical condition.

A Taliban spokesman said she was targeted for trying to spread Western culture and that they would try to kill her again if she survived.

"Authorities had identified her attackers," said regional governor Masood Kausar. The local government has posted a 10million rupee (€100,000) reward for their capture.

"The security agencies are closely working with each other and they have a lot of information about the perpetrators. We hope our security agencies will soon capture them and bring to justice," he said.

The attack outraged many in Pakistan, with small, impromptu rallies held in her support in many cities. Schools also closed across Swat in protest over the shooting.

Pakistan's president, prime minister, and heads of various opposition parties joined human rights group Amnesty International and the United Nations in condemning the attack.

Irish Independent

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