Mormon missionaries stabbed in Australia

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two young Mormon missionaries from the U.S. have been attacked and stabbed while returning to their apartment in a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

In a statement, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said 19-year-old Chris Collinsworth of Mapleton, Utah, and 21-year-old David Ferguson of Great Falls, Montana, "suffered multiple non-life threatening stab wounds in an unprovoked attack."

Both were hospitalized and later released after being treated for their wounds.

A police spokeswoman said Collinsworth and Ferguson were attacked by three unknown men who made no demands. She said the attackers were described by as being Middle Eastern in their appearance.

Alisa Collinsworth said her son said on the phone that he's ready to get back to missionary work.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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