Major development in kidnapping-murder case of Arab teen: arrests made
Israeli authorities have arrested six suspects in their investigation into the murder of a Palestinian teenager who was killed in a possible revenge attack.
Israeli media reported Sunday that police believe the motive behind the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was connected to the deaths of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank days earlier.
Late Friday, a senior Palestinian official said that a preliminary autopsy report showed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by his kidnappers.
Attorney General Muhammad Abd al-Ghani Uweili told Ma'an Abu Khdeir's autopsy showed soot in the victim's lungs and respiratory tract, indicating he was alive and breathing while he was being burnt.
Abu Khdeir also had a head injury, but died from complications as a result of being burnt, Uweili said.
A final autopsy will be released later, he added.
The autopsy was conducted at Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Israel in the presence of Palestinian coroner Dr Sabir al-Aloul, the director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at al-Quds University.
Palestinians say right-wing Israelis kidnapped and killed Abu Khdeir, whose body was found early Wednesday in a forest near West Jerusalem.
The murder is thought to be a revenge attack in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens, who were buried the day before.
Israeli police say the circumstances behind Abu Khdeir's killing remain unclear.