Pakistan’s Malala has successful surgery: doctors

Updated 04 February 2013
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Pakistan’s Malala has successful surgery: doctors

LONDON: British doctors said Sunday that Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taleban as punishment for campaigning for girls’ education, has had successful surgery on her skull.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the central English city of Birmingham said the 15-year-old had undergone two operations on Saturday to insert a titanium plate into her skull and fit an electronic device in her ear.
In an attack that shocked the world, Malala was shot by a Taleban gunman at point-blank range as her schoolbus traveled through Pakistan’s Swat Valley on October 9.
She was flown to Britain days later for treatment to the specialist hospital, which also treats British soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.
Malala, who has become a global symbol of the campaign for girls’ right to an education, was nominated Friday for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
A hospital spokeswoman said the schoolgirl’s medical team were “very pleased” with her progress following five hours of surgery.
“Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital,” the spokeswoman said.
“Her condition is described as stable and her medical team are very pleased with the progress she has made so far. She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family.”
At a press conference on Wednesday giving details of the surgery, Malala’s doctors said the custom-made titanium plate would protect her brain by covering the hole left in her head by the bullet.
Doctors say the bullet grazed Malala’s brain, coming within centimeters (inches) of killing her, and traveled through her head and neck before lodging in her left shoulder.
The attack left her completely deaf in her left ear but surgeons said a cochlear implant inserted on Saturday should help her hearing return to near-normal levels within 18 months.
The hospital’s medical director Dave Rosser told Wednesday’s press conference that Malala was a “remarkable young lady” who was determined to continue speaking out for girls’ right to education despite her ordeal.
Malala first rose to prominence aged 11 with a blog for the BBC’s Urdu-language service charting her life in Swat under the Taleban.
The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in early October and will be bestowed at a formal ceremony in Oslo on December 10.


Two suicide bombers kill three in north Nigeria mosque

Updated 22 April 2018
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Two suicide bombers kill three in north Nigeria mosque

KANO: Two suicide bombers killed three Muslim worshippers in a mosque in a northeast Nigerian town still being rebuilt after virtual destruction by Boko Haram in 2014, sources told AFP Sunday.
The bombers, a man and a woman, detonated their explosives inside the mosque during morning prayers on Saturday in the town of Bama in Borno state.
The pair "blew themselves up in a mosque while people were praying, killing three people," said Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government chairman.
A senior military officer in Bama confirmed the death toll, adding that nine people were also injured.
"Some of the injured are in a critical condition and may hardly make it. They have been transferred to Maiduguri for better medical care," said the military officer, who asked not to be named.
The attack came two weeks after residents began returning to the town which was destroyed by Boko Haram four years ago.
Bama, a major trading hub on the road to Cameroon and home to 270,000 people, was captured in September 2014, forcing residents to flee to Maiduguri, the state capital.
When it was retaken by the Nigerian military in March 2015, 85 percent of the town had been demolished by the jihadists.
Borno state officials said it would require 40 billion naira (94 million euros, $111 million) to rebuild the town, a staggering amount in the impoverished region.
According to officials 11,000 homes had been rebuilt which residents said represent one-third of those destroyed.
On April 5 the state's information commissioner Mohammed Bulama said 1,200 people had returned to the town in a phased resettlement of the 100,000 displaced residents living in camps in Maiduguri.
Boko Haram has been notorious for suicide attacks on civilian and military targets in response to army offensives that have put pressure on the militant group.
Recent days have seen a lull in such attacks.
However on Friday 10 people including four militia fighting the militants were injured when two female suicide bombers attacked Amarwa village in Konduga district, 38 kilometres from Maiduguri, according to militia sources.