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Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, is being transferred to a new military hospital with better facilities, officials say.

Malala Yousafzai, in critical condition two days after being attacked in the north-western Swat Valley, left Peshawar by helicopter for Rawalpindi.

The Taliban, who accuse the young activist of “promoting secularism”, have said they will target her again.

There have been widespread protests in Pakistan against the shooting.

Malala Yousafzai was being treated in an intensive care unit in Peshawar before doctors decided to move her to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology critical care unit in Rawalpindi.

“Doctors have decided to shift Malala to the Combined Military Hospital [CMH] in Rawalpindi where medical facilities are better,” said Maj Ishtiaq Ahmad.

One of the medical team treating her said “neurologically she has significantly improved” but that the “coming days… are very critical”.

Another doctor, Mumtaz Khan, told AFP news agency that she had a 70% chance of survival.

“Her condition is not yet out of danger despite improvement,” Masood Kausar, the governor of the north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was also quoted as saying.

Pakistani officials have offered a 10 million rupee ($105,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers.

Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who visited Malala Yousafzai in hospital in Peshawar on Wednesday, said it was time to “stand up to fight the propagators of such barbaric mindset and their sympathizers”.

Malala Yousafzai wrote about suffering caused by Talibans who had taken control of the Swat Valley in 2007

Malala Yousafzai wrote about suffering caused by Talibans who had taken control of the Swat Valley in 2007

Malala Yousafzai gained attention aged 11, when she started writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban.

Under the pen-name Gul Makai, she wrote about suffering caused by militants who had taken control of the Swat Valley in 2007 and ordered girls’ schools to close.

The Taliban were ousted from Swat in 2009, but her family said they had regularly received death threats.

They believed she would be safe among her own community, but on Tuesday, she was stopped as she returned home from school in Mingora, in north-western Swat, and shot in the head.

Two other girls were injured, one of whom remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.

Schools in the Swat Valley closed on Wednesday in protest at the attack, and schoolchildren in other parts of the country prayed for the girl’s recovery.

Protests were held in Peshawar, Multan and in Malala Yousafzai’s hometown of Mingora and in Lahore.

Those taking part praised the girl’s bravery, while many condemned the attack as un-Islamic.



Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack.

His publicist Joy Fehily says in a brief email statement that Michael Clarke Duncan “suffered a myocardial infarction” early Friday.

Joy Fehily says his heart rate has stabilized and he’s expected to make a full recovery.

She would not confirm a TMZ report that Michael Clarke Duncan’s actress-girlfriend, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, discovered the former bodyguard in distress at about 2:00 a.m. Friday in his Los Angeles area home.

The website reports Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth revived The Green Mile star by performing CPR.

The former The Apprentice star, who has been dating the 54-year-old actor since 2010, is understood to be by his bedside in an intensive care unit.

Her representative Priscilla Clarke confirmed Michael Clarke Duncan was hospitalized today but did not provide any further details regarding his condition or how he was found.

Michael Clarke Duncan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack

Michael Clarke Duncan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack

Kent Moran, who directed Michael Clarke Duncan in The Challenger, says the actor recently wrapped scenes on the action drama, in which he stars as a trainer helping to revive the career of boxer Jaden Miller.

Kent Moran, who also stars as Miller in the film, described Michael Clarke Duncan as “very healthy” on set and said he coped well with the physicality of the role, adding that news of the actor falling ill was “unexpected”.

He added: “We were very surprised and saddened to here the news. Our film is now in post production and we have finished filming Michael’s scenes. So at this point, we are really just praying for him and wishing him a speedy recovery.”

Michael Clarke Duncan meanwhile hinted at his health issues in a public service announcement released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in May.

The PSA, which promotes vegetarianism as a means to prevent heart disease and stroke, features Michael Clarke Duncan saying he was plagued with several illnesses before making the dietary change approximately three years ago.

He does not elaborate on his health problems in the clip.

The actor says watching film Meet Your Meat, about the process of animal protein production, helped him to decide to stop eating meat.

“I never knew what the process was from that animal to my plate,” he says.

“Once I looked at an animal like that I cleared out my refrigerator of about $5,000 worth of meat.”

Michael Clarke Duncan catapulted to fame after his role in 1999 prison drama The Green Mile. He is also well-known for his roles in the 2003 comic book movie Daredevil and 2005 release Sin City.

He is currently starring in TV drama The Finder.