Israeli Soldier Murdered for Barter in Arab Village

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- An intensive joint investigation by the Shin Bet, the Israel Defense Forces, and Israel Police located the body of an Israeli soldier in an Arab village in Samaria.

On Friday, the family of Israel Defense Forces Sgt. Tomer Hazan, 20, reported him missing.

The team of investigators learned the missing soldier had worked part time in a restaurant in Bat Yam, a suburb of Tel Aviv, with Nedal Amar, 42, a resident of the Arab village of Beit Amim, near Kalkilya.

After learning that Hazan shared a taxi with Amar on Friday morning, an elite IDF undercover unit working with a counter-terrorism police unit raided the suspect's home and arrested him, his brother and several others.

Amar told investigators he'd convinced Hazan to ride with him to his home where he murdered him in a nearby field and hid his body in a well. He planned to barter for the release of his brother, a convicted Tanzim militia terrorist, in exchange for Hazan, without revealing he'd murdered him.

"The investigation is ongoing," the IDF Spokesmen's Office said in a press release. "Additional detentions of individuals suspected for involvement in the incident are anticipated."

Tomer was laid to rest on Sunday.

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