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Palestinian teen killed in apparent revenge attack

JERUSALEM--A Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed on Wednesday in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths, triggering clashes in east Jerusalem.

Israel's army radio said the teenager was snatched while hitchhiking in east Jerusalem and his body dumped in a forest in the western part of the city, in what was described as a "suspected revenge attack."

As the news spread, crowds of angry Palestinians gathered outside the teenager's home and began throwing stones at police, who responded with sound bombs and rubber bullets, an AFP correspondent and police said.

Two journalists were lightly injured by rubber bullets.

Palestinian media outlets named the boy as 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder from Shuafat.

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat denounced the murder and called for calm.

"This is a horrible and barbaric act which I strongly condemn. This is not our way and I am fully confident that our security forces will bring the perpetrators to justice," he said in a statement.

"I call on everyone to exercise restraint."

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