Doctors remove bullet from Pakistani teen

Oct 11, 2012, 05:29 IST | Agencies

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday vowed to bring to justice the Taliban attackers behind the shooting of 14-year-old child activist Malala Yousafzai.

“No matter where the terrorists may escape, we will bring them to justice,” said Malik. “We have identified the gang which carried out the attack (on Malala Yousafzai) … and we also know when the terrorists arrived in Swat.”

Pakistani doctors had successfully operated on Yousafzai and removed the bullet lodged in her neck after being shot by the Taliban.

Activists carry placards as they shout anti-Taliban slogans during a protest rally yesterday. Pics/AFP

Doctors were to decide whether to fly abroad Yousafzai abroad for further medical treatment, however, the interior minister confirmed that, according to her doctors, the girl was “out of danger” and the decision to send her abroad had been temporarily postponed.

“The girl is out of critical condition … and she will be sent abroad if the medical board thinks there is a need for further treatment there,” he said, also confirming that the central part of Malala’s brain had not been affected.

Praying for the brave: Pakistani school girls pray for the recovery of gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai in Multan.

Yousafzai was shot on her school bus with two friends in the Swat area on Tuesday, then flown to the main northwestern city of Peshawar to be admitted to a military hospital.

Yousafzai had spent Tuesday night in intensive care, where doctors at the Combined Military Hospital described her condition as critical.

A doctor said that the bullet had travelled from her head and then lodged in the back shoulder, near the neck.“She is in the intensive care unit and semi-conscious, although not on the ventilator.”

The assassination attempt on Yousafzai drew condemnation from the government, political parties and civil society groups.   

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