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Pakistani girl shot by Taliban returns to school

Malala Yousafzai is attending a girls’ school in Birmingham.

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Malala Yousafzai is attending a girls’ school in Birmingham.

LONDON — Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban, has returned to school for the first time since she was targeted.

The 15-year-old joined other girls at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham for her first day back at school on Tuesday, said Edelman, the public relations agency handling her media relations.

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Malala was airlifted to Britain for treatment after Taliban gunman shot her on Oct. 9, while on her way home from school in northwestern Pakistan. The militant group said it targeted her because she promoted ‘‘Western thinking’’ and criticized the group’s behavior when it took over the scenic Swat Valley where she lived.

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

Malala was released in February from the hospital that was treating her.

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