Pakistani teen advocate makes progress after assassination attempt

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Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 1:34 PM

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 (mah-LAH'-lah yoo-SOOF'-zeye) 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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APPHOTO XMM107: A Pakistani boy holds up a picture of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot last Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, while he and other schoolchildren attend a protest condemning the attack, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XMM108: Pakistani students hold pictures of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot last Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, during a protest condemning the attack, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO ANJ102: A woman supporter of a Pakistani religious group 'Minhaj-ul-Quran' holds a poster of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban, during a demonstration in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Pakistan police have arrest a number of suspects in the case of Yousufzai shot and wounded by Taliban for promoting education for girls and criticizing the fundamentalist Islamic movement, officials said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO ANJ101: Women supporters of a Pakistani religious group 'Minhaj-ul-Quran' hold a poster of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban, during a demonstration in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Pakistan police have arrest a number of suspects in the case of Yousufzai shot and wounded by Taliban for promoting education for girls and criticizing the fundamentalist Islamic movement, officials said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) (13 Oct 2012)

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