The Independent, 17 February 2010

Dubai killing provokes international incident

Published on 17 February 2010 at 12:25
The Independent, 17 February 2010


More than three weeks after the killing of Hamas militant Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a luxury Dubai hotel, “a furious international row” has broken out, reports the Independent. Dubai authorities announced yesterday that the six of the eleven presumed assassins entered the United Arab Emirates for their mission on UK passports, with the remainder using Irish, French or German travel documents. The London daily has published CCTV stills showing the killers, disguised as sporting tourists, riding in the same lift as Mr Mabhouh. Israel’s secret service Mossad, which has “a long history of using foreign documents to carry out operations abroad”, is widely believed to be behind the assassination. Both the British and Irish government have declared that the identified passports were “fraudulent". And at least two of the British passport-holders with the same names as those used by the alleged assassins, have “expressed alarm at the apparent appropriation of their identities”.

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