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Girl shot by Taliban discharged from U.K. hospital

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 8, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.

— Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani education activist shot in the head by the Taliban, was discharged from a British hospital Friday after undergoing skull reconstruction and receiving a cochlear implant to restore her hearing.

The 15-year-old had been released for a few weeks in January but re-entered Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital to undergo the latest procedures last weekend.

The hospital said Malala is “making good recovery” and will now continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in Birmingham.

Malala was shot by a Taliban gunman Oct. 9 while on her way home from school in northwestern Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

The militant group said it targeted her because she promoted “Western thinking.” Malala had been an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s opposition to educating girls.

The teen was airlifted to Britain from Pakistan to receive specialized medical care and protection against further Taliban threats. She is expected to remain in the U.K. for some time; her father, Ziauddin, has secured a post with the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.

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