(photo credit: Channel 2 [file])
A huge police and IDF search was under way on Saturday night for a woman feared
kidnapped in the Beit Shemesh-Jerusalem area, in what police think could be a
nationalistically motivated incident.
The search, which was joined by
volunteers, was launched after another Kaye Susan Wilson, found with her hands bound and
several stab wounds in her chest and back, reported being attacked by two Arab
men in a forest near Mata, located outside Jerusalem, within the Green Line.
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She said she escaped
her attackers and managed to reach Mata, where she met two families in a park.
They contacted emergency services.
Wilson, 46, a tour guide,
made aliya from Britain in 1991, and lives in Givat Zeev. Her missing friend is believed to be
Her stab wounds were superficial and she did not lose a lot of
blood, accordingto a spokesman at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.
She suffered moderate-to-light injuries, and was treated in the trauma
The spokesman refused to give any more details, saying the case was
in police hands, and declined to let doctors speak to the press.
remained conscious on the way to the hospital, Magen David Adom paramedics
“She described being attacked, tied up and stabbed by two Arab
men,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
“She did not know who they
were, or what the reason for the attack was. We are examining whether this is a
nationalistic stabbing, but other directions are being looked at as well,”
Security forces were highly concerned for the safety of
the missing woman. The IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) became involved
in the search and the investigation as concern mounted on Saturday
Police sealed off Route 375 near Mata in both directions, erected
roadblocks in the Jerusalem area, and scrambled helicopters to assist in the
Jerusalem district police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco told
reporters during a press briefing in the area that searchers were being guided
by descriptions of the missing woman given by the stabbing victim.
Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen traveled to a mobile command and control center
set up by Jerusalem police to coordinate operations.
The IDF dispatched
additional forces to help comb the area.
Military sources said the
soldiers were participating in police-led patrols and were working intelligence
sources to try and determine if the missing woman was kidnapped or murdered.