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Malala will come home, says father

The father of a 15-year-old Pakistani activist girl who was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman says she will return home after medical treatment in the UK.

Ziauddin Yousufzai, who was speaking on Pakistani state television, is expected to fly soon to the UK to see his daughter, Malala.

It was the first time he has spoken publicly since the October 9 shooting in north-eastern Pakistan.

Malala is respected at home and internationally for speaking out against the Taliban's atrocities and for advocating for girls' education.

She was shot in the head as she travelled home from school with two classmates.

She was airlifted to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital on October 15.

Doctors at the hospital have said the bullet which struck the teenager just above her left eye had grazed the edge of her brain.

The Taliban have vowed to kill her, raising questions about whether it would be safe for her to return but her father promised Malala would come back as soon as she has recovered.

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