London, Oct 16: Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, has arrived in Britain for medical treatment, the BBC reported.
A renowned campaigner for girls’ education, she was attacked on her way home from school last Tuesday and a bullet was removed from her skull.
The Taliban said they targeted her for “promoting secularism”.
She is in a serious condition and is being seen by doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, the BBC said Monday.
Malala was flown from Pakistan on board an air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates and accompanied by a medical team.
A bullet which hit Malala’s skull was removed by surgeons in Peshawar, Pakistan, last week but she was later transferred to a military hospital for more specialist treatment.
On arrival at Birmingham Airport, she was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance, travelling at a slow speed because of the nature of her wounds.
The hospital has a recently-opened major trauma centre specialising in both gunshot wounds and head injuries.
Malala Yousafzai came to prominence in 2009 at the age of 11, when she started writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban.
Under the pen-name Gul Makai, she described the problems caused by militants who had taken control of the Swat Valley where she lived in 2007 and ordered girls’ schools to close, according to the broadcaster.