ISRAEL | Jewish attackers suspected in teen death
Israeli authorities yesterday announced the arrests of several Jewish suspects in the death of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and killed last week, marking a major breakthrough in a case that has sparked violent protests in Arab areas of Jerusalem and northern Israel.
In a joint statement, Israeli police and the Shin Bet security agency said the suspects were arrested early yesterday. They remained in custody and were being interrogated by the Shin Bet.
While the statement did not say how many suspects were in custody, an official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing said they numbered six in total.
The announcement shed new light on a case that has gripped the country’s attention since Muhammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted outside his home in east Jerusalem early Wednesday and his charred remains were found in a Jerusalem forest shortly afterward. Palestinians immediately accused Jewish extremists of killing Abu Khdeir to avenge the earlier kidnapping and killings of three Israeli teens. AP
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