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Malaysia’s arrest of Israeli man with 6 guns triggers mystery – was Mossad or the mob involved?

Officers nabbed the 36-year-old suspect at a hotel on March 27, and checks on his hotel room yielded a cache of six semi-automatic pistols including a Sig Sauer, a Glock and Smith and Wesson, 200 bullets and several pairs of surgical gloves, all kept inside a bag.

The suspect was quickly identified by Israeli media as alleged mobster Shalom Avitan, purportedly an associate of the Israel-based Musli crime family.

He had confessed to being on a mission to kill the head of a rival Israeli criminal outfit who the suspect claimed had taken up residence in the Southeast Asian nation, Malaysian police said.

The suspect entered the country via the United Arab Emirates using a French passport on March 12 and was issued a tourist visa, and then flitted between four hotels in Kuala Lumpur over the next fortnight, police have said. Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution later confirmed that the suspect had a valid French passport.

“During questioning, he produced a second passport from Israel,” said Malaysia’s police chief Razarudin Husain on Friday. The suspect said he had procured the weapons locally, as it would have been impossible to bring the weapons with him from his departure point in the UAE, Razarudin added.

Reuters reported that police arrested three Malaysians believed to have assisted the suspect in securing the weapons. The suspect had earlier told police that he paid for the weapons using cryptocurrency.

Despite the suspect’s confessions of his underworld connections, he was not flagged at immigration as he did not trigger Malaysia’s blacklist, Minister Saifuddin told reporters on Monday.

“If travel documents are valid, and we have no issues with the country issuing the travel documents and they are not on our blacklist, we will