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Pak: Bullet removed from body of girl shot by Taliban

October 10, 2012 11:23 IST

A group of doctors have successfully removed the bullet lodged near the spine of a 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl, who was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out against the banned outfits' atrocities, her uncle said on Wednesday.

Ahmed Shah, the uncle of Malala Yousufzai, told reporters in Peshawar that the surgery was conducted late on Tuesday at a military hospital and the bullet had been successfully removed.

He said that the doctors have advised against taking Malala, the first recipient of Pakistan's National Peace Award for Youth, outside Pakistan for treatment. Doctors said it will not be advisable for her to travel in her condition.

The next ten days would be crucial for her, the doctors stressed.

Officials of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government also said the bullet had been removed after a three hour operation.

Malala was hit by two bullets on Tuesday when Taliban militants fired at her inside a school bus at Mingora, the main town of Swat Valley, located 160 km from Islamabad.

One bullet hit her in the head, travelled downwards and got lodged close to her backbone.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan claimed responsibility for the attack. He said Malala was targeted because of her "pro-West" views and for "negative propaganda" against the Taliban.

Ihsan said the girl would "not be spared" for her opposition to the Taliban and would be targeted again if she survived.

Malala had emerged as an unlikely champion of peace in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat, after she wrote about the atrocities of the militants in a blog for BBC Urdu, under the pseudonym of Gul Makai.

Rezaul H Laskar
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