Police in the West Bank town of Qalqilya have arrested two men who allegedly kidnapped a motorcycle mechanic and were then selling him for a small profit, police said on Saturday.
Two masked men, who are armed with knives, stormed the shop on Saturday and demanded money and motorcycle parts from the mechanic, who was then taken to the back of a car, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
The men also forced the mechanic to remove his motorcycle helmet, he said.
Rosenfeld said the men were then released on Thursday.
“They are suspected of kidnapping the mechanic,” he said, adding that the two men had been arrested on Thursday night.
The motorcycle shop manager said he had been forced to take the motorcycle to the front of the car in order to take it to a nearby mosque for repairs.
The owner of the shop, Rami Rifai, told the Israeli news website Ynet that the shop had received a call from the owner’s brother on Saturday, and that he had returned to work the next day.
Rifai said that he did not know the details of the incident, and said the shop’s owner was trying to contact the mechanic.
“I cannot speak about it because I do not know what has happened,” he told the website.
Israel’s Civil Administration did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday night.