WATCH | Israel's 'most wanted gang leader' arrested in Joburg

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  • Police conducted an early-morning operation to arrest one of Israel's most wanted criminals.
  • Eight men were arrested at a luxury home in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
  • Officers seized a number of guns, including assault rifles.

An Israeli fugitive, described as the country's "most wanted gang leader", has been arrested during an operation by the South African Police Service and Interpol in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

The 46-year-old man was believed to be connected to a criminal syndicate in Israel called the Abergil Organisation, which has been linked to drug trafficking, extortion and other criminal activities, said police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe. 

"He has been on Interpol's Red Notice since 2015 and is wanted in Israel for conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder."

The man allegedly attempted to blow up the car of another man in Israel in two separate incidents. The first was in 2003, and the second in 2004.

“As a result of the first explosion, five people sustained serious injuries, but all miraculously survived. In the second incident, the suspect also attempted to do the same with the same victim, where he placed a bomb on top of a vehicle. In this incident, three people also sustained serious injuries," said Mathe.

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The man was arrested along with seven others at a house in Bryanston during an early morning operation on Thursday.

An Israeli fugitive has been arrested during an operation by South African police and Interpol in Johannesburg.

It's understood officers struck at around 2:00 in the morning, breaking down the home's heavy gate before storming inside.

The men were all found in their beds.

Police confiscated five assault rifles and seven pistols, around $40 000 (R691 000) and three suspected stolen motorcycles.

After the arrests, medics were called to assist one man who suffered a stress incident.

The house where an Israeli fugitive, described as
The house where an Israeli fugitive, described as the country's "most wanted gang leader", was arrested during an operation by the South African Police Service and Interpol in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on 17 November, 2022. Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/News24
The house where an Israeli fugitive, described as
The house where an Israeli fugitive, described as the country's "most wanted gang leader", was arrested during an operation by the South African Police Service and Interpol in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on 17 November, 2022. Photo: Yeshiel Panchia/News24
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The Israeli fugitive is believed to be connected to a criminal syndicate called the Abergil Organisation.
An Israeli fugitive, described as the country's “m
An Israeli fugitive, described as the country's “most wanted gang leader”, has been arrested during an operation by South African police and Interpol in Johannesburg.

Police cordoned off part of the road well into the morning and were still on the scene after 11:00.

Members on the property were seen with equipment used to inspect precious stones.


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