Pakistani teenage activist condition "strong", say UK doctors

  • The medical director of the British hospital where Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai is being treated has said doctors are "impressed with her strength and resilience".

    Dr David Rosser said on Tuesday she was making good progress but still had a long way to go until a full recovery.

    The 14 year-old schoolgirl was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman last week.

    The Taliban said they would target her again because she had "promoted secularism" and girls’ education.

    Yousafzai gained prominence due to her desire to attend school, which turned into a one-girl campaign after the Taliban captured Swat valley in 2009 and shut down girls' schools.

    Yousafzai was flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Monday night for treatment.

    Security is tight at the hospital with a significant police presence to deal with any unauthorized visitors.