Body of slain US woman found near Jerusalem

19th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Israeli police on Sunday found the body of a missing US tourist, apparently stabbed to death, and were investigating whether she was the target of a terror attack, a spokesman said.

Police launched a massive manhunt for Christine Logan, after her British-Israeli friend, Kaye Susan Wilson was found by passers-by on Saturday night, tied up and suffering multiple stab wounds.

"We discovered this morning, near Beit Shemesh, the body of a woman who disappeared on Saturday," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, referring to a town just outside Jerusalem.

On Saturday, police said they were unsure whether the attack was criminal or political in nature.

But on Sunday, Rosenfeld said the investigation was focused on the assumption the attack was "nationalistically motivated" based on "the fact that they were tied up and the way that they were stabbed."

"We are still looking at all directions in the investigation, but the main direction now is that it was a nationalistically motivated attack," he said.

"Her hands were tied, she was stabbed in the upper part of her body, she claimed that two Arabs stabbed her," Rosenfeld said.

A court-imposed gag order barred publication of new details of progress in the investigation.

Wilson was found around dusk near the village of Mata, west of Jerusalem and inside Israel. She said she and Logan, both in their 40s, had been attacked by two Arab men while hiking.

"One of them pulled out a very long knife, like a bread knife with a sharpened edge," she told Ynet website from her hospital bed on Sunday.

She said the two men took their jewellery before stabbing them. "They stabbed me 12 times. They came to kill. Nobody walks around with a knife like that for no reason," she told Ynet.

Wilson said she pretended to be dead and then later managed to make her way to the roadside where passers-by found her and called the police.

The Briton, who emigrated to Israel in the 1990s and worked as a tour guide, was evacuated in moderate to serious condition at Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital.

By Sunday, hospital director Yuval Weiss said she was "out of danger but would stay under surveillance in the intensive care department for several days."

© 2010 AFP

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