Israeli soldiers arrested for munition trade

Jerusalem, April 15: Four Israeli soldiers were arrested on suspicion of selling munitions stolen from their army bases to convicted felons, police announced Monday.

The suspects, one conscript and three non-commissioned officers who were in charge of armories, were detained by undercover officers Sunday along with four other men, apparently civilians, following an investigation, Xinhua reported.

The thefts included M72 LAW anti-tank rocket launchers, fragmentation grenades and blocks of C4 plastic explosive used for breaching obstacles.

The police said that some of the weapons might have been used by organised criminals for targeting rivals in a string of mob-related assassinations that rattled Israel over the past year.

A local court Sunday extended their remand by nine days, and the conscript was to remain in custody until Thursday. The suspects’ lawyers denied the charges against them.