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Pakistani teen advocate makes progress after assassination attempt

4:07 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
Malala Yousufzai is moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar for treatment in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan on Oct. 9, 2012 after she was shot by a would-be assassin.
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who is an advocate of education for girls and a critic of the Taliban remains on a ventilator but is said to be in stable condition today.

Malala Yousufzai was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman in the Swat Valley on Tuesday. She was airlifted to a military hospital, where doctors removed a bullet from her neck. The bullet went into her head before travelling toward her spine.

An army spokesman says it is too soon to say whether she had a significant head injury. But he says her sedatives have been reduced and she managed to move her arms and legs.

The attack has drawn widespread condemnation inside Pakistan and internationally. Some 500 tribal elders held a rally in support of the girl in the Swat Valley's main town, Mingora today.

Elsewhere in northwestern Pakistan, a car bomb tore through a crowded bazaar outside an office for anti-Taliban tribal elders, killing at least 17 people. Local officials blamed it on the Taliban, who have staged similar attacks to punish elders for backing security forces in offensives against militants.

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