People claiming to be relatives of Malala Yusufzai, the 14-year-old Paskitani schollgirl shot by the Taliban have been arrested at the UK hospital where she’s being treated.
The girlchild education activist arrived in the UK for treatment on Monday after being shot on a bus in attack that was meant to claim her life over her campaign for the right to go to school.
Dr Dave Rosser, medical director of Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said the arrests overnight were “irritating”, but that the teenager was not at risk.
“We don’t believe there’s any sort of threat to her personal security. We think it’s probably people being curious,” he said, and added that Malala had a “comfortable night” at the hospital.
“We’re very pleased with the progress she’s made so far,” Rosser enthused.
“I understand that a number of people up claiming to be members of Mala’s family, which we don’t believe to be true, and have been arrested.”
Speaking on Malala’s treatment, Dr Rosser said experts at the hospital were beginning to plan for reconstructive surgery that she needs.
Malala was shot on a schoolbus last Tuesday in what was described as a “barbaric attack” by UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
She was saved by neurosurgeons in Pakistani military hospital and has since been in intensive care .