title: "PARIS - The French police arrested late Thursday night most of the members of the gang that abducted, tortured and murdered Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Jew from Paris.
Hundreds of SWAT officers raided apartments in Bagneux and arrested 12 people. Another suspect was arrested in Belgium.
'They acted with indescribable cruelty,' the judiciary police chief leading the investigation said. 'They kept him naked and tied up for weeks. They cut him and in the end poured flammable liquid on him and set him alight.'
While the citizens of France were shocked by the unbridled violence of the gang, Halimi's family claims that the murder was motivated by anti-Semitism.
'We think there is anti-Semitism in this affair,' Rafi Halimi, Ilan's uncle, told the press.
'First, because the killers tried to kidnap at least two other Jews, and second, because of what they said on the phone,' Rafi Halimi added. 'When we said we didn't have 500,000 euros to give them they told us to go to the synagogue and get it,' Rafi said. 'They also recited verses from the Koran.' "
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