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Third suspect arrested in mosque arson

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October 24, 2011 | 10:57 am

Burnt copies of the Koran are seen inside a burnt mosque in the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariya in northern Israel Oct.7. Photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Burnt copies of the Koran are seen inside a burnt mosque in the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariya in northern Israel Oct.7. Photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A third suspect has been arrested in the arson attack on a mosque in an Israeli-Arab town.

The suspect, reported to be a 17-year-old resident of Gush Etzion, was arrested Sunday in connection with the Oct. 2 attack on a mosque in the Upper Galilee Bedouin town of Tuba Zanghariya.

Two other suspects arrested shortly after the attack, both minors who studied at a West Bank yeshiva, were released a week ago due to lack of evidence directly linking them to the attack.

The third suspect allegedly also was involved in the arson of a West Bank mosque near Hebron in October 2010. He was ordered held until Thursday during a hearing Sunday in the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court.

A gag order on the case remains in place.

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