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Car bomb kills 17 people in northwestern Pakistan

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 11:01 am •  Published: October 13, 2012

She had been airlifted from Swat to a military hospital in the frontier city of Peshawar after the attack, where doctors removed a bullet from her neck. The bullet went into her head before travelling toward her spine. Bajwa said earlier that it was too soon to say whether she had a significant head injury.

After her sedatives were reduced on Saturday, she moved her arms and legs. Bajwa said it was a good sign.

The school that Yousufzai was attending in Swat's main town of Mingora — which is run by her father — reopened for classes Saturday. About 80 percent of the students showed up, but many were sad and scared, said one of the teachers, Asghar Khan.

"We want them to concentrate on their studies without any fear or psychological impact from the attack," said Khan.

Some 500 tribal elders held a rally in support of Yousufzai in Mingora on Saturday. Some carried photos of the 14-year-old and two other girls who were shot in the attack. They shouted, "Malala, we are all with you."

Hussain, the provincial information minister, urged the federal government to consider launching a "decisive operation against terrorists" to eliminate the militants.

"These Taliban have killed our innocent people in so many attacks. They are still killing our people. Instead of wasting time, we should hit them back, and we should do it as early as possible to save the precious lives of our innocent girls like Malala Yousufzai," he told reporters in Peshawar.


Associated Press writers Sherin Zada in Mingora, Pakistan, and Zarar Khan in Islamabad contributed to this report.