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Pakistani teen shot by Taliban released from hospital

Malala Yousafzai had undergone skull reconstruction.

Malala Yousafzai had undergone skull reconstruction.

LONDON — Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani education activist shot in the head by the Taliban, was discharged from a British hospital Friday after undergoing skull reconstruction and receiving a cochlear implant to restore her hearing.

The 15-year-old had been released for a few weeks in January but had reentered Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital to undergo the latest procedures. The hospital said Malala will continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in Birmingham.

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Malala was shot by a Taliban gunman on Oct. 9 while on her way home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The group said it targeted her because she promoted ‘‘Western thinking.’’ Malala had been an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s opposition to educating girls.

She was airlifted to Britain from Pakistan to receive specialized care and protection against further Taliban threats. She is expected to remain in the UK for some time; her father now, has a job at the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.

The shooting sparked outrage in Pakistan and other countries, and Malala’s story increased the global attention for the struggle for women’s rights in her homeland.

In a video statement taped before her latest surgeries, Malala said she was ‘‘getting better, day by day’’ and would continue to campaign for girls’ education.

‘‘I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated,’’ she said.

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