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Doctors remove bullet from girl shot in head by Taliban

By Andrew Buncombe

Doctors in Pakistan said yesterday they had removed a bullet from 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai after she was in the head by the Taliban.

As a nation responded with outrage to the shooting of the teenaged activist, doctors said they had removed the bullet, which had passed through her head and lodged in her shoulder.

Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed that if the youngster survived the attack in the Swat Valley it would target her again.

Bushra Gohar, a senior member of the Awami National Party, which heads the ruling coalition in the provincial government, told The Independent that Malala remained in a critical condition. Ms Gohar said: "She is such a bold and brave girl and naturally when a 14-year-old gets up to challenge the militants – and all she was asking for was education – then she is an inspiration to everyone."

Malala won international recognition for highlighting Taliban actions in Swat with a blog for the BBC three years ago, when Islamist militants burned girls' schools and terrorised the valley.

She was attacked in the valley's main town, Mingora, as she made her way home from school on Tuesday. Two other girls on her bus were wounded.

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