According to the police chief, the method used in the assassination is one used by Mossad. The senior Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed in his hotel room in Dubai on January 20th.
According to the Times of London, the hit men subjected Mabhouh to an injection which induced a heart attack, photographed the documents in his briefcase and left a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of the hotel room where the crime was committed.
Hamas has accused Israel of carrying out the hit. In a statement, the movement said, “We hold Israel responsible for the assassination of our brother and leader.” The 50-year-old Mabhouh was one of the founders of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.
“Several suspects eventually checked into a room across the hall from their victim at a hotel near the airport, according to the police.” Inside help at the Hotel, you don’t just happen to get a room on the same floor as your target in a large luxury hotel, 640 suites at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai. Intel was spot on from date, time and arrival in Dubai. WAY TO GO MOSSAD ! Bill Warner on February 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm
Mahmoud Abdel Rauf al-Mabhouh (Arabic: محمود عبد الرؤوف المبحوح; February 14, 1960 – January 19, 2010) was a senior Hamas military commander and one of the founders of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. He was suspected for being involved in the 1989 abduction and murder of two Israeli soldiers, Avi Sasportas and Ilan Sa'adon, along with several other attacks. His home in Gaza was reported to have been demolished by Israel in 1989 in response to these attacks on Israel. He had been arrested and released several times by Israel, but at the time of his death was wanted by the Israeli government and living in Syria.
Al-Mabhouh was assassinated in the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai on 19 January 2010, having arrived in the country earlier that day from Syria. On the night of his death it is suspected by Dubai police that he was murdered by person or persons unknown in his own room, with accounts varying as to the cause of death, ranging fom suffocation, to electrocution.
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was said to be a leading figure in the Hamas Palestinian movement, with several reports stating Mossad, the Israeli secret service, were being accused by Hamas of having assassinated him. According to their policy regarding such incidents, the Israeli government has not commented on the accusations. Some reports have asserted that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was involved in weapons and explosive smuggling into Gaza, and this was his reason for being in Dubai.
According to police, the suspects are a team of at least 11 'Europeans', travelling on British (6), Irish (3), French (1) and German. Two Palestinians were arrested in Jordan and were handed over to Dubai, suspected of giving logistical assistance. One of the Palestinian detainees is a security official in the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority. Hamas has claimed that their arrest is evidence linking the Palestinian Authority to the assassination, while the Palestinian Authority has retorted by accusing the arrested Palestinians of being members of Hamas, (blah, blah, blah who cares, the Hamas terrorist leader is dead, move on).
They have yet to rule out the involvement of the Mossad or any other potential party. The police have also concluded that the killers spent little time in the emirate, arriving less than a day before the murder, killing him between his arrival at 3:15 pm and 9:00 pm that night, and subsequently leaving the country before his discovery. Dubai authorities have said a “professional criminal gang” with European passports was likely behind the killing
An analysis by Yaakov Katz in The Jerusalem Post compared the incident to recent actions believed to have been taken by Israel in the past few years, including the 2008 assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, against what it called an axis of evil involving Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. Katz also identified Mabhouh as a key link in the smuggling of weapons into Hamas-controlled Gaza via Sudan, and suggested that his death is a serious blow to the operational capabilities of Hamas.
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.