JERUSALEM — Israel arrested six Jewish suspects Sunday in the grisly slaying of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week, marking a breakthrough in a case that has touched off violent protests in Arab sections of Jerusalem and northern Israel.
In a statement, Israeli police and the Shin Bet security agency said the suspects were being interrogated.
While the statement did not say how many were taken into custody, an official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still going on said it was six.
In a case that has gripped the country's attention, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted outside his home in east Jerusalem early Wednesday, and his charred remains were found in a Jerusalem forest shortly afterward.
Palestinians immediately accused Jewish extremists of killing Abu Khdeir to avenge the killings of three Israeli teens who were kidnapped while hitchhiking. Israel has blamed the slayings on the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Israeli officials said Sunday they believe Abu Khdeir's killers acted out of "nationalistic" motives.