Hospital: Visitors probably curious, not a threat


Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 11:34 AM

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — An official at the British hospital treating a Pakistani teen activist says the people who showed up asking about the girl were probably just "over-curious," not a threat to her safety.

Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, says several people turned up at the hospital overnight claiming to be relatives of the girl, but they didn't get very far. He says security is "under control."

Two people were questioned by police.

The 14-year-old, Malala Yousufzai (mah-LAH'-lah yoo-SOOF'-zeye), was shot in the head on her way home from school last week in Pakistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility and said they would try again to kill her for promoting the education of girls and other "Western thinking."

Pakistan's president calls the teen "a symbol of all that is good in us." He says "the work she did is far higher before God than that which is being done by terrorists in the name of religion."

Pakistan's interior minister has announced a $1 million bounty for the Pakistani Taliban spokesman who announced that the Taliban had carried out the attack.

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132-v-28-(Charles de Ledesma, correspondent)--Two people have been detained after trying to get into the British hospital where a 14-year-old Pakistani girl is receiving treatment for injuries from an attack by terrorist assailants. Correspondent Charles de Ledesma reports. (16 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO ISL104: Pakistani students pray for the recovery of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot last Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary) (16 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO ISL101: Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik sits among classmates of Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last week, in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Malik announced a $1 million bounty for Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan during an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali) (16 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XAG111: In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, police officers patrol outside the Queen Elizabeth hospital, where Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai is being treated, in Birmingham, England, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Birmingham Police say they questioned two people at the hospital where Yousufzai is recovering after being shot, raising fears about the girl's security amid pledges by the Taliban to finish the job. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) (15 Oct 2012)

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