British woman played dead to escape being stabbed as knifemen pounced on forest hiking trip and killed her friend


A British woman was hurt and her friend killed in a brutal attack as they hiked through a forest in Jerusalem.

Kaye Wilson, 46, recounted her terror today after managing to escape the assailants by pretending to be dead. She then fled to a parking area where other people alerted authorities.

The dead body of her friend, an American, was found the next day with her hands bound behind her back and having suffered multiple stab wounds.

Christine Logan

The body of Christine Logan, a tourist from the United States is carried from the wood near Jerusalem today

Israeli border police

Israeli border police in a briefing last night near the site of yesterday's attack near Moshav Mata, Israel

Miss Wilson told police they had been attacked by two Arab men while hiking in the Mata forest, near the town of Beit Shemesh, on Saturday.

The American has been identified as Christine Logan.

Speaking from her hospital bed, Miss Wilson, who emigrated to Israel in the 1990s, recalled the moment when one of her attackers pulled a serrated knife on her and her friend, who was visiting the Middle East country.

She told Israeli newspaper Haaretz she and her companion had been sitting down, just off the hiking trail, when the two men approached and asked them in Hebrew if they had any water.

She tried to get them to leave, she said, feeling that 'something wasn't right', and the two women then headed back towards the trail.

'Suddenly I noticed them,' she went on. 'It all happened so fast. They came and attacked us.'

One of the men pulled out a long knife, which looked like a bread knife with a serrated edge, she said.

Israeli  soldiers

Israeli soldiers search for the body of US citizen Christine Logan, who is later found tied up, with her hands bound behind her back and with multiple stab wounds

Israeli police

Israeli police stand guard near the body of Christine Logan just after she was found yesterday near a road outside Jerusalem

'I was scared but my friend became hysterical. I told her in English to be quiet and not make noise,' she said.

But the men then began to stab both women.

'I had a Star of David hanging on a chain around my neck. He took it off like a gentleman and then turned me around and stabbed in the place where the Star of David had been,' she said.

It was clear that the two men had come to kill, she added, questioning why they would have been carrying such a knife otherwise.

Seeing that the stab had not penetrated her heart, she recalled how she then lay still, faking death while listening to her friend die.

Mata Forest

Mata Forest, where the attack took place on Saturday. Israeli police launched a search party on Sunday and found the body of American Christine Logan after reports that her friend had escaped death by playing dead

The discovery of the stabbed and bound body prompted speculation that the brutal attack was politically motivated.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: 'We are aware of the hospitalisation of a British national in Jerusalem. We stand ready to offer consular assistance if requested.

'We are aware of reports of the death of a woman in Jerusalem. We are urgently looking into these reports.'

Yuval Weiss, director of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, told media he expected Miss Wilson to be released in a few days.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he could not confirm any details about the dead woman or her friend.

The hospital said later that Miss Wilson had been moved from intensive care to a normal ward in the cardiothoracic surgery department.

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