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Dubai police say Mossad killed Hamas leader

Dahi Khalfan Tamim points out the suspects on a video
Dahi Khalfan Tamim points out the suspects on a video Reuters/Jumana ElHeloueh

Dubai's police chief says he is 99 per cent sure that Israel's intelligence service, Mossad,  was behind the killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhuh.

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"Our investigations reveal that Mossad is involved in the murder
of Mabhuh. It is 99 percent, if not 100 percent that Mossad is
standing behind the murder," Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim told The National newspaper.

The investigation has revealed a clear link between the 11 suspects and people connected to Israel, Dahi Khalfan said, adding that Interpol has issued top priority red notices for them.

Six of the suspects, identified by passports, are British, three are Irish, one is German and one is French. The governments of the respective countries have since declared that the passports are fake.

Israel's ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, was tight-lipped after being called to the Foreign Office to discuss the affair, saying that he was unable to help with the questions put to him.

Earlier, an anonymous Israeli official played down the row with Britain over the question, stressing that Prosor was invited rather than summoned, and claiming that there is no proof of Israel's involvement.

Dublin has also called in the Israeli ambassador to Ireland.

Speaking to Al-Bayan newspaper, Dahi Khalfan insisted that the passports are genuine.

Britain's Guardian newspaper reports that a Hamas security official, Nahro Massoud, has been arrested in Syria under suspicion of having helped Mossad stage the assassination.

Hamas's political leader Khaled Mishal has denied the claim but the paper cites "informed Palestinian sources" as confirming it. It also says that the Dubai authorities have refused to name two other Palestinians who have been extradited from Jordan to the United Arab Emirates. Other sources say the two men may have been members ot the Palestinian Authority.

On Wednesday night in Gaza, a rally was held to protest about Israel's alleged involvement in the killing.

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