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Tue Jan 27 03:05:22 SAST 2015

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban appears on video, says she's recovering

Sapa-AP | 04 February, 2013 14:25
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai reads a card as she recuperates at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on November 8, 2012.
Image by: HANDOUT / REUTERS

A Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban has made her first video statement since she was nearly killed, saying she is recovering.

Speaking clearly but with a slight stiffness in her upper lip, 15-year-old Malala Yousefzai said that she was "getting better, day by day."

The video statement was published Monday, just hours after Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital said they had successfully operated to reconstruct her skull and restore her hearing.

The teenager drew the world's attention when she was shot by Taliban militants on Oct. 9 on a school bus in northwestern Pakistan.

The Islamist group said they targeted her because she promoted girls' education and "Western thinking" and criticised the militant group's behaviour when it took over the scenic Swat Valley where she lived.

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