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Pakistan teen activist safe, being transferred to hospital: officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A Pakistani child activist shot in the head by the Taliban is not out of danger and is being moved to the city of Rawalpindi, officials said Thursday.

Asked whether 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was being sent to the top military hospital in Rawalpindi, a military official confirmed to AFP only that she was being moved and that a further announcement would be made shortly.

"Her condition is not yet out of danger despite improvement. She is being shifted to Rawalpindi," Masood Kausar, the governor of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told reporters.

One of her doctors, Mumtaz Khan, told AFP earlier that Malala was still seriously ill at a military hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar, two days after the shooting in the Swat valley.

Mehmoodul Hasan, one of Malala's relatives, said the family had been told her condition had improved but that doctors were sending her medical reports abroad.

Preparations had been made Wednesday to fly her abroad, but a military source told AFP she was too ill to travel. The White House has said U.S. forces are ready to offer transport and treatment to the teenager if needed.

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