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Malala arrives in Britain for care

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai, shot in the head by the Taliban a week ago, arrived in Britain on Monday to receive specialized medical care and protection from follow-up attacks threatened by the militants. Officials said she is stable and has a chance at "a good recovery."

Two of Malala's classmates also were wounded in the attack and are receiving treatment in Pakistan. The Taliban have threatened to target Malala again until she is killed because she promotes "Western thinking."

Malala, who had been receiving treatment at a Pakistani military hospital, arrived at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in central England on Monday afternoon.

The hospital is home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, the primary receiving unit for military casualties returning from overseas, and has advanced equipment that would help Malala's treatment, officials said.

"Malala had a comfortable journey and is stable," said Pakistan's High Commissioner to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan.

Dave Rosser, the hospital's medical director, said doctors believe Malala "has a chance of making a good recovery" but added that he had not yet seen the girl. He declined to provide details of her condition, citing respect for her privacy.


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