Francois Abutbul killed in drive-by-shooting

Police suspect known Netanya underworld figure and his brothers had been targeted by rival mafias in long-running turf war.

francois abutbul wife beater 311 (photo credit: Channel 10)
francois abutbul wife beater 311
(photo credit: Channel 10)
Francois Abutbul was gunned down late Saturday night at a gas station near Netanya.
Magen David Adom paramedics took him to Laniado Hospital in Netanya, but were unable to save his life.
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The underworld figure was released from prison in December 2010 after serving 22 months for assaulting his wife.
He was arrested in January under suspicion he was planning to kill a rival mafioso, Rico Shirazi.
The same week, Rico Shirazi and another man were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to kill Abutbul. Police feared a war might break out between the rival mafias.
Abutbul's brother, Tavel, was arrested in March for attempting to kill his ex-wife and son.
Francois was arrested in March when police found that the employees in his bakery were illegal.
Tavel and Francois's other brother, Charlie, also a known underworld figure, were seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in January.