15 Oct 2012

Girl shot by Taliban to be treated in Britain

6:58 pm on 15 October 2012

A Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week is being sent to Britain for medical treatment. The army says Malala Yousafzai needs "prolonged" care.

The 14-year-old has until now been at a military hospital in Rawalpindi, with doctors saying her progress over the next few days would be "critical", the BBC reports.

The girl wrote a diary about suffering under the Taliban and was accused by them of "promoting secularism".

The Pakistani army said Ms Yousafzai's trip was being sponsored by the United Arab Emirates.

A team of medics will be accompanying the girl and it was not immediately clear at which hospital in the Britain she would be treated.

The teenager - who has been campaigning for education for girls - was attacked last Tuesday as she was returning home from school in Mingora in north-western Swat.

Two armed men, on foot, stopped a van packed with about a dozen schoolgirls in a congested area of the town.

One of them got into the van and asked which of the girls was Malala Yousafzai before he fired three shots, hitting Malala in the head and injuring two others.

Police have arrested four people in connection with the attack.

The Taliban has warned they will target Malala Yousafzai again.