Girl shot by Taliban undergoes 2 operations in England

Malala Yousufzai, 15, was targeted for her advocacy for girls’ education.
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Malala Yousufzai, 15, was targeted for her advocacy for girls’ education.

LONDON — A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban is in stable condition after undergoing two successful operations to reconstruct her skull and restore her hearing, the British hospital treating her said Sunday.

Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital said doctors for 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was targeted for advocating girls’ education, were ‘‘very pleased’’ with her progress after five hours of skull reconstruction and ear surgery on Saturday.

‘‘She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family,’’ the hospital said in a statement, adding that she would continue to recover in the hospital until she is well enough to be discharged.


The teenager drew the world’s attention when she was shot by Taliban militants on Oct. 9 on her way home on a school bus in northwestern Pakistan. The Islamist group said they targeted her because she promoted girls’ education and ‘‘Western thinking’’ and criticized the militant group’s behavior when it took over the scenic Swat Valley where she lived.

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At age 11, Malala began to write a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC about life under the Taliban in the Swat Valley. After Pakistan’s military ousted the militants in 2009, she began publicly speaking out about the need for girls’ education. She appeared frequently in the media and was given one of the country’s highest civilian honors for her bravery.

Associated Press