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Last updated: 17 february, 2010 - 18:28 GMT

Dubai Hamas killing: 'fraudulent' passports fuel Mossad suspicion

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh (left) and pictures released by Dubai Police showing the identity photos of the 11 suspects they are searching for

Dubai police released the names and photographs of 11 people who they suspect of involvement in the death of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh (left)

At least seven foreign-born Israelis named as suspects in the killing of a senior figure in the Palestinian Hamas movement, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai last month have said their identities were stolen.

Jeremy Bowen

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Britain, France, Germany and the Irish Republic have said the passports were fake.

The fact that at least some of the names are of people living in Israel has increased the suspicion that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was responsible.

The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said there was no reason to blame Israel and Mossad, but the British and Irish governments have called in Israel's ambassadors to explain the situation.

Newshour's Robin Lustig asked former Mossad agent, Gad Shimron, if it does look to him like the work of his former employers.

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First broadcast 17-18 February 2010

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