'Dubai assassins' manhunt leads to dead soldier'

Report: With help of int'l police bodies, Dubai police unravel identity of man from Mabhouh hit; the suspect: man killed during Yom Kippur War.

October 10, 2010 08:53
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Palestinians carry a picture of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

Mabhouh. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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One of the suspected assassins in the Mabhouh affair used the identity of an IDF soldier killed during the Yom Kippur War, according to a Wall Street Journal report over the weekend.

In cooperation with Interpol, British and French police, Dubai police were on the trail of one of the alleged assassins of senior Hamas terrorist  Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. The man reportedly entered Dubai under a British passport with the name "Christopher Lockwood." However, they discovered that the man's "real" name was Yehuda Lustig and that he had changed it in 1994 to the more Anglicized "Christopher Lockwood," according to the Journal's report.

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But the Journal reported that a prospective break in the case on the trail of the Dubai assassins was not to be.

The participants in the international search for "Yehuda Lustig" quickly learned that the real Lustig was listed as an IDF casualty in the Yom Kippur War 37 years ago. Yehuda Lustig was a British immigrant and passport holder born in 1948 who grew up in Beersheba and Gadera. He was drafted into the IDF Armor Corps in May 1966 and was in the reserves during the Yom Kippur War.

According to the Defense Ministry, the real Lustig died in a battle along the Suez Canal during the war, as yet another lead pursued by Dubai police chief Lt.-Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim leads to a dead end.

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