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Teen shot by Taliban faces long recovery

A SCHOOLGIRL who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen faces months in hospital to treat her physical and mental scars.

Malala Yousafzai (14) was attacked for promoting the education of girls and criticising the militant group.

The girl, who was was shot on a bus in front of classmates in Pakistan, was flown to the UK for vital treatment.

She is being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, which has a decade's experience of treating British military casualties.

"We do unfortunately have very extensive experience of dealing with this sort of traumatic bullet related injury," said Dr Dave Rosser.

The teenager was saved by neurosurgeons in a Pakistani military hospital and has since been in intensive care. But doctors decided she needed "prolonged care" to help her recover.