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Three Suspects Confess to Arab Teen's Murder

Suspects reenact murder for police, according to reports, after breaking down under interrogation.
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 7/7/2014, 11:10 AM

Mohammed Abu-Khder
Mohammed Abu-Khder
Reuters

Police Monday morning have said that three of the six suspects arrested over the murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu-Khder have admitted to the crime, and have even reenacted it for police.

The development came after one of the suspects admitted to the murder soon after being arrested on Sunday. After confessing he also apparently implicated several others, which seems to have led to the latest confessions.

It comes as more information emerges about the circumstances of Mohammed Abu-Khder's death. An initial pathologist's report indicates that the teen was burned alive, with his body suffering 90% burns. He was murdered soon after being abducted on Tuesday night, hours after the funeral of three Israeli teens murdered by Hamas terrorists in similar circumstances and fueling speculation he was the victim of a "revenge" attack. 

Remand of five of the six suspects has been extended for eight days, and the sixth's remand has been extended for five more days, to allow police to continue with their inquiries.

The suspects - described by security services as "Jewish extremists" - reportedly include several minors. They were arrested Sunday morning, less than a week after the murder, and are residents of Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem and the town of Adam, just north of the capital.