Officials: Israel finds bodies of kidnapped teens

FILE - In this Sunday, June 29, 2014 file photo, Israelis hold the national flag with photos of the three missing Israeli teens, feared abducted in the West Bank on June 12, during a rally calling for their release, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Security officials said Monday, June 30, 2014 that the Israeli military has discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month. The search for the teens had become a national obsession, setting off a frantic manhunt and large crackdown on the Hamas militant group. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, June 29, 2014 file photo, Israelis hold the national flag with photos of the three missing Israeli teens, feared abducted in the West Bank on June 12, during a rally calling for their release, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Security officials said Monday, June 30, 2014 that the Israeli military has discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month. The search for the teens had become a national obsession, setting off a frantic manhunt and large crackdown on the Hamas militant group. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Security officials say the Israeli military has discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month.

They say the bodies were found Monday near the village of Halhul, near the location where the teens disappeared on June 12.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in exchange for releasing the information ahead of a formal announcement.

The search for the teens has become a national obsession, setting off a frantic manhunt and large crackdown on the Hamas militant group.

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