Dubai police Monday identified 11 people suspected in the killing of a top Hamas official last month and vowed “to hunt them down.”
At the same time, police offered a chilling scenario of how Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founding member of Hama’s; military wing who had survived at least three other previous attempts on his life, was killed in his hotel room January 19 just hours after arriving in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The 11 suspects identified Monday include one woman and 10 men. All of them hold valid European passports, one from France, three from Ireland, six from Britain, and one from Germany. None of the suspects has been arrested or charged in the killing.
According to police, 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.
Police identified a man from France as the logistical mastermind. Police allege the man stayed at a luxury hotel in Dubai, but also booked a room at the al Bustan Rotana hotel where al-Mabhouh was killed. The French suspect requested room 237 — directly across from where al-Mabhouh was staying in room 230, police say, but the suspect apparently never stayed there. Instead, police say the rest of the group used the room to plot the killing and the alleged mastermind left the country before it was carried out.