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Middle East

Five new suspects in Hamas slaying

The Dubai police have reportedly identified five new suspects in the slaying of a Hamas operative in the Gulf city-state.

The National newspaper said the five travelled to Dubai with Australian, British and French passports to kill Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was found dead in his Dubai hotel room in January.

The Dubai authorities have described Mabhouh's assassination as a mix of clockwork precision and spy novel flare. They have accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of being behind the killing.

The Dubai police previously released names of 27 suspects who travelled to Dubai on fake identities and forged European and Australian passports. The police also compiled a detailed flow chart-style diagram on the suspects' alleged roles in the slaying.