Saturday, January 30, 2010

Israel 'electrocuted' Hamas leader

Middle East Correspondent Anne Barker, ABC January 30, 2010, 8:52 am

The militant Palestinian group Hamas has accused Israel of assassinating one of its most senior members.

Mahmoud al Mabhouh, 50, was apparently electrocuted on a visit to Dubai.

His family and Hamas officials believe his death bears all the signs of an attack by Mossad - Israel's intelligence agency - although neither Mossad nor Israel ever comments on such operations.

Authorities in Dubai say they have identified several European passport holders as suspects and they say he was targeted by a professional criminal gang.

Al Mabhouh was in Dubai apparently on a Hamas mission.

His brother claims his attackers held an electrical device to his head and killed him with an electric shock.

His family say he recently survived another attempt to kill him with poison.

Al Mabhouh was a key member of Hamas's military wing and was responsible for several attacks on Israel, including the kidnap and murder of two Israeli soldiers 20 years ago.

Hamas has vowed to exact its revenge for his death.

Israel has made no comment on whether it was behind the assassination.

Thousands of people attended the funeral of Al Mabhouh at al-Yarmouk camp near Damascus in Syria.

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