Hamas to probe Dubai militant death

DUBAI: Hamas is conducting its own internal inquiry into the death of one of its top militants in Dubai last month, the exiled head of the Palestinian Islamist group said in an interview published on Friday.

“We are carrying out an internal investigation, within our own procedures,” Khaled Meshaal, whose movement accuses Israeli agents of having assassinated Mahmud al-Mabhuh, told the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat.

“We are in contact with our brothers in Dubai … but we have not yet been able to reach a formula for cooperation” with authorities in the Gulf emirate, Meshaal said. “We respect the sovereignty of the (United Arab) Emirates and of Dubai, and we will not interfere in the affairs of others. But this issue concerns us …and requires a high level of cooperation,” he said.

Dubai police have said Israel’s spy agency Mossad may have been behind the killing of Mabhuh, whose body was found in a luxury hotel room on January 20, having apparently been strangled. The murder was carried out by a seven-member hit team, including three Irish passport-holders, according to Al-Jazeera television. But there has been no confirmation from police.

Police chief Dahi Khalfan has said he will issue an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if investigators show Mossad was behind the killing of Mabhuh, 50, who lived in exile in Damascus.

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