Police: American Woman's Murder a Terror Attack?

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Jerusalem police are saying the murder of an American Christian woman Sunday could be a possible terror attack.

Police discovered the bound and stabbed body of Kristine Luken in a wooded area outside Jerusalem Sunday.

"Forensics are working at the scene at the moment and the investigation is continuing," Jerusalem Police spokeswoman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Rosenfeld told CBN News that, so far, no suspects have been arrested and police have considered multiple motives, including a terror attack.

Luken disappeared Saturday after she and her friend Kaye Wilson were attacked by two Arab men during a hike. Their disappearance sparked a massive manhunt throughout the night.

Wilson was also bound and suffered many stab wounds, but managed to escape by pretending to be dead and then called for help.

Wilson worked as a local tour guide. Luken worked for a Christian ministry based in England and Israel. The attack and Luken's death stunned her friends, family and Israel's Christian and Messianic communities.

"We love Kristine very much and we'll miss her," said David Pillegi, director of Christ Church in Jerusalem, who knew Luken. "We mourn with her family."

"Kristine was a woman who had a very infectious love for God," he added. "When you were around Kristine you couldn't help to love the Lord more. It's very simply our prayer for this great tragedy that, even though it was meant for evil, that God will use this in a redemptive way."

Luken was living in England and waiting for a British work visa.

"As I await the next step of faith, I hide these words in my heart," Luken wrote in a letter. From a poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins in 1908, 'Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!'"

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