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Swedish charity worker shot in Lahore

- December 03, 2012 - Updated 217 PKT - From Web Edition

LAHORE: Gunmen shot a female Christian charity worker from Sweden in Lahore on Monday leaving her hospitalized, police said.


Bargeeta Almby, 72, was returning from work when she was attacked by unknown assailants in the upmarket locality where she lives.


"She was returning from her office and was attacked when she arrived in front of her home in the Model Town neighbourhood," Awais Malik, a senior police official told AFP.


Doctors said she was hit in the chest and was recovering in hospital.


"A bullet hit her in the chest. We have treated her and she is improving now," Ali Usman, a doctor at the hospital, told AFP.


No further details about the attack were immediately available.


Police and colleagues told AFP, Almby is the managing director in Pakistan of Full Gospel Assemblies, which describes itself as a 'church fellowship' founded in the United States with congregations worldwide.


The organization runs charities in the country including a technical training institute, adult literacy centre and orphanage. Almby has lived in Pakistan for the past 38 years, according to police.


Considered the cultural capital and close to the Indian border, Lahore is a city of eight million that in 2010 suffered a string of high-profile bombings blamed on Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.


In August last year, a 71-year-old US development worker Warren Weinstein, was kidnapped after gunmen tricked their way into his Lahore home. Officials believe he is being held by Al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists inlawless northwest.


In April, a British Muslim Red Cross worker was beheaded nearly four months after being kidnapped in the southwestern city of Quetta. (AFP)

Reader Comments
Mr. Pro Pakistan, I'm sure that you are the type of person who believes in "Yeh sab Amreeka nay karaya hai" more than you believe in yourself.

I feel sorry to write that enemies of Pakistan do not like that some one who has soft heart for poor and needy will spend save life in Pakistan they want to disfigure the image of Pakistan . I pay tribute to Bargeeta Almby brave woman of world and pray for her life. She is really a unique women who spent her 38 years in welfare of Pakistani people .

Muhammad afzal mattu
To Pro Pakistan Sir, are you born stupid or earned it by wasting all your school college life?

The Real Pro Pakistan
really lamentable

It is easy for the International Spy agencies to operate in Pakistan as the charity workers. This is a normal practice to use the fake identities for these agents to stay undercover. This is a fact that the aged people are less likely to be noticed or perceived as the foreign agents but such agents do have decades of experience in order to survive and operate in Pakistan...

Pro Pakistan
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