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Thieves have made off with several US-made engines for F-16 warplanes worth millions of dollars from an airbase in central Israel, army radio reported on Thursday.

Israel's Walla Internet site said preliminary findings after an investigation by military police indicated there may have been collusion between the thieves and personnel, either military or civilian, at the base.

It said the military police suspect the engines may have been stolen to be sold as scrap metal. It is not known when the thefts took place.

Army radio said a military spokesman had refused any comment on the incident, except to say that an official report on the inquiry would be sent to the military prosecutor.

Last year, the Israeli military police launched an investigation after parts for F-15 and F-16 warplanes from the Tel Nof airbase near Tel Aviv were discovered when police searched a warehouse used by scrap metal merchants.

December/06/2012

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Sev Cihan

12/6/2012 6:27:44 PM

american you do know that the us didnt send any patriots? its mostly germany, us patriots are in israel my friend who tries to sell himself as an american

Turk Uzan

12/6/2012 6:24:06 PM

@ American, how about you first pay us back for the first golf war?

american american

12/6/2012 4:53:45 PM

it is a good thing turks aren't guarding those bombs or else they would probably explode like those grenades did earlier this year. the military is saying there it was an inside job and not blaming hamas or iran. when incompetence happens here the reaction is always terrorist! terrorist!

american american

12/6/2012 4:09:26 PM

we're busy paying for your patriots, voice.

turkic voice

12/6/2012 1:07:11 PM

just ask USA tax payers to send more

Brian Irlanda

12/6/2012 11:16:00 AM

Unbelievable! It seems Israeli military security is not very good. Stealing these engines is a huge job considering the weight alone. I hope they take better care of their "secret" nuclear weapons.

john albay

12/6/2012 11:02:44 AM

hope the evil zionist keep their atom bombs under better guard than their planes.I expect they will blame the arabs for stealing these parts!
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