July 7, 2010 / 3:57 PM / in 8 years

Netanyahu bodyguards' guns go missing on U.S. visit

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Four handguns belonging to the bodyguards of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have disappeared from airline cargo during a U.S. visit, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday.

“The pistols were part of the equipment sent ahead to Washington, and got lost,” a Shin Bet spokesman said, adding that Israeli and U.S. authorities were investigating.

The American news network NBC reported that the guns may have been mistakenly flown to Los Angeles and stolen.

After meeting U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday, Netanyahu was scheduled to continue to New York. The Shin Bet spokesman said the missing pistols had not forced any change to his schedule or security measures.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by David Stamp

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