Hamas leader 'killed by European hit squad'

Dubai’s police chief said an 11-member hit squad carrying European passports was responsible for killing a Hamas commander in his hotel room last month.

Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan Tamim suggested a foreign intelligence service was behind the January 20 killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh but he did not mention any specific country.

Hamas has accused Israel’s Mossad secret service over the death.

Lt Gen Tamim told reporters today that the alleged assassination team comprised six British passport holders, three Irish and one each from France and Germany.

He said forensic tests indicate al-Mabhouh died of suffocation, but lab analyses are still underway.

Top Hamas figures have denied that al-Mabhouh was en route to Iran, a major Hamas backer.


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