Dubai says Hamas man killed by European hit squad

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  1. Smashy

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    Feb 15, 2010 (12:27p CST)
    By BARBARA SURK
    Associated Press Writer

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

    Dubai's police chief said Monday an 11-member hit squad with European passports was responsible for killing a Hamas commander in his hotel room last month, but he did not directly implicate Israel as the Islamic militant group has. The Gulf emirate released photos, names, nationalities and passport numbers of all 11 suspects.

    The details given by Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim are the most comprehensive accusations by Dubai authorities since the body of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was found Jan. 20 in his luxury hotel room near Dubai's international airport.

    Tamim said it was possible that "leaders of certain countries gave orders to their intelligence agents to kill" al-Mabhouh, one of the founders of Hamas' military wing. But he did not name any countries.

    Hamas has accused Israel and vowed revenge.

    Tamim sketched out a highly organized operation in the hours before the killing, clearly done with advance knowledge of the victim's movements, and said the killers spent less than a day in the country. He said forensic tests indicate al-Mabhouh died of suffocation, but lab analyses are still under way to pinpoint possible other factors in his death.

    He showed a news conference surveillance video of the alleged assassination team arriving on separate flights to Dubai the day before al-Mabhouh was found dead. The members of the alleged hit-squad checked into separate hotels.

    They paid for all expenses in cash and used different mobile phone cards to avoid traces, he added.

    At least two suspected members of the team watched al-Mabhouh check in to his hotel and later booked a room across from the Hamas commander, Tamim said.

    He added that there was "serious penetration into al-Mabhouh's security prior to his arrival" in Dubai, but that it appeared al-Mabhouh was traveling alone.

    "Hamas did not tell us who he was. He was walking around alone," said Tamim. "If he was such an important leader, why didn't he have people escorting him?"

    Tamim said there was at least one unsuccessful attempt to break into al-Mabhouh's hotel room. It was unclear whether he opened the door to his killers or if the room was forcibly entered.

    The killing took place about five hours after al-Mabhouh arrived at the hotel and all the 11 suspects were out of the United Arab Emirates within 19 hours of their arrivals, he added.

    Tamim claimed the suspects left behind some evidence, but he declined to elaborate. He urged the countries linked to the alleged killers to cooperate with the investigation.

    Tamim told reporters the alleged assassination team comprised six British passport holders, three Irish and one each from France and Germany. The group has accused Israel's Mossad secret service of carrying out the killing and has pledged to strike back.

    Israeli officials have accused al-Mabhouh of helping smuggle rockets into Gaza.

    Top Hamas figures have denied reports that al-Mabhouh was en route to Iran, which is a major Hamas backer. But the group has not given clear reasons for his presence in Dubai.

    Earlier this month, Hamas said it launched a floating explosives into the Mediterranean Sea to drift toward Israeli beaches to avenge al-Mabhouh's death.

    Israeli authorities discovered at least two explosive-rigged barrels and launched an intensive search for new bombs, closing miles of beaches and deploying robotic bomb squads.

    A Hamas statement last month acknowledged al-Mabhouh was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989 and said he was still playing a "continuous role in supporting his brothers in the resistance inside the occupied homeland" at the time of his death.

    More than 2,000 mourners attended al-Mabhouh's funeral and burial at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus, Syria.


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    I wish I knew who did it, so I could send them a bottle of champagne.
    Good job whoever you are.
     

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    There ain't no future in threatening Israel. Hamas of all people should know that. Kudos to the nice people who took out the terrorist.
     
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    who knows it could of been the U.S. I hope it was.
     
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    Was this the guy killed in Germany? Oops, no, but I heard of this happening to a Militant Islamicist in Germany too.
     
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    Good. Actually, great. There are a lot of people in the Middle East who need to be taken out. Spies and assassins are necessary to the security of the good people in the world.
     
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    A Hamas statement last month acknowledged al-Mabhouh was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989 and said he was still playing a "continuous role in supporting his brothers in the resistance inside the occupied homeland" at the time of his death.
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    Gee. That's to bad.
     
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    I dont think the Israelis would like to be known as "Europeans", they are far too proud of whom they are to be smeared with that association.
     
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