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Bomb victim 'was devout Christian'

A British national killed after an explosion ripped through a bus stop in Jerusalem was an evangelical Christian who was studying Hebrew.

Mary Jean Gardner, 59, originally from Orkney in Scotland, was caught in the blast on Wednesday afternoon when a device weighing up to 2kg exploded in a busy bus station.

About 50 people were injured in the attack, which was blamed on Palestinian militants.

Foreign Secretary William Hague described the incident as a "shocking and despicable act of terrorism".

Ms Gardner worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators and spent much of her life living in Togo. She leaves behind her parents, but she was not married and did not have children.

Her father Tony Gardner told the BBC: "We are all devastated by the sudden loss of our daughter in this tragic and unexpected way.

"Mary was a very special person and we thought the world of her. She was devoted to her work and was well liked wherever she went. Her loss in this way has been deeply upsetting for us all."

Wycliffe executive director Eddie Arthur described her as a "lovely lady who was very popular".

He said: "Mary worked with Wycliffe in Togo since 1989 where she was part of a team translating the New Testament into a language called Ife. The New Testament was finished in 2009 and Mary had then gone on to work helping other people.

"She was in Israel for six months studying Hebrew in order to go back to Togo to translate the Old Testament. Mary was an extremely popular and competent colleague and we valued her very highly."

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