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Hamas conducts own probe after Dubai murder

A Hamas policeman counts the push-ups performed by a candidate during a test at a Hamas police (File)
A Hamas policeman counts the push-ups performed by a candidate during a test at a Hamas police (File)

Hamas is conducting its own internal inquiry into the killing in Dubai last month of one of its top militants, the Palestinian Islamist group's exiled head said in an interview published 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 
Khaled Meshaal

"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 murder of Mabhuh, whose body was found in a luxury hotel room on January 20, having apparently been strangled.

The killing was carried out by a seven-member hit team, including three Irish passport-holders, according to news reports. But there has been no confirmation from police.

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