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birgitta-aimebyA 70-year-old Swedish Christian worker who has served in Pakistan for 38 years, is in critical condition after unidentified gunmen shot her as she returned home from her office in Lahore.

Mohabat News -- According to Assist News Service, an unidentified gunmen shot killed the passionate missionary on Tuesday, December 4. Morning Star News also reported that Birgitta Almby, who has been serving as area director with Full Gospel Assemblies (FGA), was returning home for lunch from the FGA Bible School in Lahore's predominantly Christian Bahar Colony. It was then that two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire at her as she stopped the car outside her house in the upscale Model Town area.

'Sister Birgitta was hit in the chest, and the attackers fled the scene thinking they had finished their job,' FGA Bible School Principal Liaqat Qaiser told Morning Star News. He added, 'From the information available so far, it seems that the two assailants were following her or were waiting for her to reach her house where they opened fire on her.'

Qaiser said that rescue officials immediately moved Almby to Lahore's Jinnah Hospital, where doctors removed the bullet. 'However, she's in a critical condition because of blood loss,' he said.

Dr. Ali Usman of Jinnah Hospital told Morning Star News that the bullet had damaged Almby's lungs and jugular vein.

Although details of the attack were not immediately available, he said, it seemed to have been carried out by Islamist extremists who are increasingly targeting religious minorities in Pakistan.

Morning Star News said that FGA, which describes itself as a 'church fellowship,' was founded in the United States with congregations worldwide. The organisation runs charities in Pakistan, including a technical training institute, an adult literacy centre and orphanages.

A case has been registered against the unidentified assailants under Section 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code.


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