'Mossad' hit squad stole British identities to carry out killing of Hamas leader
(Times Online) -- Catherine Philp, Richard Ford, and Sheera Frenkel, Jerusalem --
British authorities are investigating how six British nationals apparently had their identities stolen by suspected Mossad agents to cover their tracks on a mission to assassinate a top Hamas leader in Dubai.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that the identities in the British passports used by six members of the 11-strong hit squad were those of real British passport holders.
“We are aware that the holders of six British passports have been named in this case,” said a spokesman said. “We believe the passports used were fraudulent and have begun our own investigation.”
Authorities are investigating the possibility that British passport details were copied from the originals by immigration staff while the holders were travelling.
While the names, passport numbers and dates of birth on the fraudulent passports matched the originals, the photographs and signatures were different.
British officials refused to speculate on the real identity of the assassins today but speculation has mounted that the killing was the work of the Israeli spy agency, Mossad. Dubai police have said they cannot rule out Israeli involvement.
If that proves the case, it could mark the beginning of a new diplomatic row with Israel following the most recent spat over British courts issuing arrest warrants for Israeli ministers.
Mossad has used forged and stolen passports of several friendly countries to carry out hits in the past, including the bungled assassination attempt on the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, in 1997, when forged Canadian passports were used.
In 2004, New Zealand suspended diplomatic relations with Israel after jailing two Israeli agents for possessing fake New Zealand passports.
In 1987, Britain formally protested to Israeli over the use of forged British passports and received assurances it would not happen again...MORE...LINK
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