US Consulate assists in case of slain American woman

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US consular officials are providing assistance in the case of an American tourist who was found slain in Israel, the State Department said Monday.

Israeli police said Sunday they found the body of a missing US tourist, apparently stabbed to death, and were investigating whether she was the target of a politically-motivated attack.

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters in Washington that the US embassy in Tel Aviv "has identified the deceased US citizen as Kristine Luken, and we offer deepest condolences to her family."

The victim was identified in Israel as Christine Logan.

Crowley said the Israeli police were continuing to investigate the attack that resulted in the woman's death.

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

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

But on Sunday, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the probe 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."

© 2010 AFP

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