Thursday, December 6, 2012

Swedish missionary gunned down in Pakistan


The Lahore-based lay protestant remains in critical condition.
December 5, 2012

A lay Protestant Christian missionary was the victim of an attempted murder and is in critical condition in Jinnah hospital in Lahore, capital of the province of Punjab. Bargeeta Almby, 72, of Swedish nationality, was in her car when two armed men on a motorcycle approached and fired at heer repeatedly, hitting her in the chest.

The attack took place on Monday afternoon . The missionary has been working in Pakistan for over 38 years and, as local sources of Fides report, was fully integrated in the community. She is responsible for the social programs of a Christian Church, the Full Gospel Assemblies of Pakistan (FGA Church).

The Church is registered as a non-governmental organization, run by women, engaged in education and formation. Bargeeta Almby is responsible for an orphanage, works with disabled and poor children, runs a formation course in obstetrics and other technical subjects.

The police, who are looking into the case, are trying to determine the identity of the gunmen and the reason for the attempted murder. Pastor Liaquat Kaiser, head of the FGA Church, said that "it is a premeditated attack," recalling that the woman "had not received threats."