Malala Yousafzai is in “satisfactory” condition at a military hospital, but the next few days will be critical, the Associated Press reported today. The 14-year-old Pakistani girls’ education rights activist was shot by a Taliban gunman on Tuesday.
The spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, said she is being kept unconscious and on a ventilator, and that it was too soon to say whether she had any significant head injury. The bullet entered her head and went into her neck towards the spine. Doctors operated to remove the bullet.
“Her blood pressure is normal. Heartbeat is normal, and thanks to God, her condition is satisfactory,” said Bajwa.
Additionally, NBC News reports that three suspects have been arrested in Malala’s shooting. The suspects are aged between 17 and 22, and they claimed that the man who organized the attack was a man called Attaullah. Attaullah is still at large.
A spokesman for the Taliban’s Swat Valley chapter has claimed responsibility for Malala’s shooting, the AP reports. The spokesman, Sirajuddin Ahmad, said that Taliban leadership decided two months ago to kill Malala, and that she was warned three times to stop her activities promoting “Western thinking,” including one warning last week.
Meanwhile, supporters around Pakistan and the world have been expressing their support for Malala. We will keep watching, and we will keep you informed.
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