Dubai: Europeans identified as Hamas leader assassins

Dubai, 16 Feb. (AKI) – Dubai police on Monday identified 11 suspects in the January assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the founder of Hamas’ military arm. They include one woman and 10 men and all hold European passports: one from France, three from Ireland, six from Britain, and one from Germany. Nobody has been arrested or charged in the killing.

Dubai police provided details of al-Mabhouh assassination, saying the the suspects arrived in Dubai the day before the killing. Five of them carried out the crime while the remaining six served as lookouts, police said.

Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said team made use of “advanced technologies” during the operation, adding that al-Mabhouh was under surveillance from the moment he landed in Dubai on January 19th.

He said he could not rule out Mossad involvement in the assassination.

In a statement on Monday, police did not provide details about the nature of the killing, but authorities have told al-Mabhouh’s family that there were signs of five or six electric shocks on his legs, behind his ears, on his genitals and heart. Blood on a pillow led police to believe he was suffocated.

The body of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, 50, was discovered by staff at the luxury Al Bustan Rotana hotel after lunch on 20 January. He was one of the founders of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, the Islamic organisation that seized control of the Gaza strip in 2007.