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Israel Indicts Arab Israelis for Islamic State-inspired Acts

  • Associated Press

FILE - An Islamic State fighter holds an IS flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014.

FILE - An Islamic State fighter holds an IS flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014.

Israel's Shin Bet security agency says it has indicted three Arab Israelis for acts inspired by the Islamic State group, including attempting to set fire to a soccer stadium, smuggle weapons from the West Bank and cross into Syria to join the militant group.

Shin Bet says the suspects planned the arson attack on a stadium in their Arab Israeli village to prevent a singer from performing there on a Muslim holiday, which they viewed as a sacrilegious act.

It says the suspects began digging a tunnel to reach the West Bank to smuggle weapons into Israel and battle “infidels.”

The security agency says one of the suspects, age 26, built a hang glider to try to fly to neighboring Syria.

Shin Bet says the suspects were indicted Thursday.

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