TODAY   |  October 15, 2012

Girl shot by Taliban airlifted out of Pakistan

Schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has been airlifted out of Pakistan and flown to England for treatment of her head and neck injuries. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>> meantime, a pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt last week has been airlifted out of pakistan for treatment. nbc has this report live from london .

>> reporter: malala yousafzai is heading to birmingham where they have expertise treating these types of injuries and where doctors treat wounded troops. malala yousafzai was shot for simply speaking out and now doctors try to save her. rushed from the hospital in pakistan flied to the uk for specialist treatment for her head injuries . the 14-year-old girl attacked because she fought for young girls to be educated and independent.

>> there has been a wave of public revulsion in pakistan and around the world for this attempt to obstruct the education of the young generation.

>> reporter: she was targeted by the taliban, but the attackers turned many against them. thousands rallied in her support this weekend, and she's backed by one man who knows about fighting fundamentalists, salman rushdie who himself was threatened by execution for islamists for writing a book.

>> what did she want? she wanted an education. and for wanting an education she got shot in the head. it says a lot about an ideology that will react like that to a 14-year-old girl wanting to learn something

>> reporter: pakistani police have questioned dozens of people over the attempt to kill malala, the shooter yet to be identified as she is flown across the globe in an international operation to save her life. while malala is still in a coma she has been able to move her feet and hands so doctors are hopeful for this young girl who has inspired so many.

>> lots of prayers around the