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January 27, 2011 3:37 pm

Four Palestinian Men Indicted in the Stabbing Death of American Woman

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Four Palestinian men have been indicted in the stabbing death of American woman Kristine Luken who the suspects say was killed because they thought she was Jewish.

Luken, 44, was a Christian missionaryworking in Israel.

Four more Palestinians, all from the West Bank, have been arrested for providing logistical support to the alleged killers, but have yet to be indicted.

Luken was stabbed to death while hiking in a forest outside Jerusalem with a friend,Kaye Susan Wilson, Dec. 17, 2010.

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