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U.S. Woman Shot In Karachi By Gunmen Claiming IS Allegiance

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

A Pakistani police officer inspects a vehicle in which a woman identified as a U.S. national was shot in Karachi on April 16.

A Pakistani police officer inspects a vehicle in which a woman identified as a U.S. national was shot in Karachi on April 16.

Gunmen claiming loyalty to the leadership of Islamic State (IS) militants have shot and wounded an American woman in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, leaving leaflets that named her and said she was targeted because she was from the United States.

Debra Lobo, vice principal at a dental college in Karachi, was shot in the cheek and hand by gunmen on motorcycles while driving home from her office on April 16.

Lobo, who is married to a Pakistani Christian man, was conscious and listed in stable condition at a Karachi hospital on April 17.

The attackers left English-language leaflets claiming to be members of a Pakistani Taliban faction from Balochistan Province called Dualat al Islamia, which declared allegiance to the IS leadership in 2014.

Police said they could not confirm the attackers were Islamic militants.

The leaflets threated more attacks against U.S. citizens.

An Urdu version of the leaflet did not contain references to any known Islamic militant group.

With reporting by AP, AFP, and Dawn
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