Photo shows church volunteer Birgitta Almeby in intensive care at the hospital prior to her death.—AFP Photo
The Swedish charity worker who was shot in the chest in Pakistan last week died in a Stockholm hospital on Wednesday night.
Sveriges Television (SVT) reported that 71-year-old Birgitta Almeby died at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm late on Wednesday.
She was receiving treatment after having been flown home to Sweden for specialist medical care for her injuries.
Niclas Lindgren, director of the missionary wing of the Pentecostal church in Sweden, said it was hard to come to grips with Almeby’s killing.
“Birgitta worked with social issues like education and health care. If she’d worked with political issues, it may have been understandable why she got murdered,” he told The Local.
“There was no indication that there was a threat to her life. It was very unexpected. As it is now, we don’t know what the motive was or why she was killed.”