Lebanese Prime Minister Condemns Killing of US Missionary
American missionary Bonnie Penner is seen in a 1994 school photo from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Penner was shot and killed Thursday Nov. 21, 2002, in Sidon, Lebanon, at a Christian center that provides medical care and aid to Palestinian refugees
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has condemned the Thursday killing of an American missionary as a horrible crime aimed at undermining Lebanon's security and stability.
Mr. Hariri says "nothing can justify" the shooting of Bonnie Penner, the first killing of an American in Lebanon in more than 10 years.
Authorities say an unidentified man shot Ms. Penner at the clinic where she worked as a nurse in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. The California native was married to a British man and had lived in the area for two years.
The clinic is run by Christian missionaries and helps Palestinian refugees and Lebanese living in the mostly Muslim city.