Top Israeli intel official commits suicide

Israel Materials 1 June 2009 14:15 (UTC +04:00)

A senior Israeli Military Intelligence official who had a highly sensitive position has shot himself in the head in an army base, Israeli sources reveal.

The Military Police are investigating whether the suicide committed yesterday was due to personal circumstances or his intelligence work, Haaretz reported.

The 43-year-old officer had served for many years in various posts in Israeli Military Intelligence's electronic intelligence-gathering unit, Press TV reported.

Yesterday he came to workplace, which is in a base in central Israel, as usual but after two hours in his office he shot himself in the head with his service gun.

Investigators have not yet confirmed that his death has been a suicide.

The Israeli newspaper has revealed that the suicide rate among the Israeli armed forces has been on the rise in the recent months.