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Malala, Pakistani Teen Shot By Taliban, Begins School In U.K.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban, has returned to school for the first time since she was attacked.

The 15-year-old on March 19 joined other girls at the Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, England, where she is now living.

In a statement, Malala said she was excited to return to school and that she wanted "all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity."

Malala was airlifted to Britain for treatment after a Taliban gunman shot her on her way to school in October 2012 in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley.

In Britain, she underwent several operations for head injuries and was released from the hospital last month.

She has become a global symbol of the campaign for girls' right to an education.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP