Pakistan Girl Shot by Taliban Treated in the UK

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A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban has arrived in the United Kingdom for treatment.

Gunmen shot Malala Yousafzai, a blogger and activist who spoke out for women's education, along with two classmates as they came home from school last week.

Medical officials transported Yousafszai from a military hospital to an air base for the long flight to Britain.

Malala remains in critical condition and her skull and neck wounds, along with the shock of the attack, are serious enough that authorities decided on a prolonged stay out of the country.

The Taliban has also threatened to finish their job and kill her.

Meanwhile, some 10,000 demonstrators gathered in Pakistan's largest city to protest the shooting and the Taliban.

"This protester says, we see that our girls are not safe when they go to schools and seminaries," Rubina Alvi, a protester, said. "Whoever is brilliant here, the Taliban gags their mouth."

"We reject the Talibanization. We reject the exploitation of Islam and so-called patriotism in the name and in the faith of the Talibans," Faisal Sabzwari, a member of the provincial parliament.

Malala had filed frequent blog posts promoting girls' education in her country, which made her an admired figure in the West.

"She is an inspirational example to young people," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said. "It was a cowardly attack on her and her school friends, trying to retaliate for her own campaign for good access to education for girls in Pakistan."

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