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2 women on LDS missions assaulted

AP, via the Salt Lake Tribune, USA
July 5, 2006 • Thursday July 6, 2006

Two women serving Mormon missions in South Africa were attacked by four men and one of the women was shot and wounded, a church spokeswoman said.

The women, who were serving in the South Africa Durban Mission, were assaulted Friday evening at Port Shepstone, said Kim Farah, a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

South African media have reported the women were raped.

The wounded missionary, who is from Kenya, remained hospitalized, but was expected to make a full recovery. The other missionary, who is from California, was treated and released.

Church spokesman Dale Bills said South African police have arrested four suspects in connection with the case.

“Our prayers are with these two young sisters and their families. Our missionaries share a message of peace,” he said Tuesday. “We pray that these two faithful young women and all who know and love them will be blessed with peace and comfort at this time.”

Tribune reporter Lisa Rosetta contributed to this report.

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