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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A key suspect in the killing of a senior Hamas operative in Dubai was arrested in a Western country two months ago, according to Dubai's police chief Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim.
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Tamim told the Abu Dhabi government-owned daily The National on Monday that the suspect played a key role in the January 19 killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
However he said that the country that made the arrest asked that details of it not be made public.
It was unclear whether the suspect was still being held.
A man suspected of having taken part in the assassination in the killing earlier this year had originally operated under a name belonging to a UK-born IDF soldier killed during a battle with Egyptian forces in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, The Wall Street Journal
reported over the weekend.
The report centered on a suspected assassin who entered Dubai using a British passport registered to Christopher Lockwood.
UK officials later found that the passport was authentic, and traced
Lockwood to a London address that was monitored for a while, until it
became apparent that Lockwood did not inhabit the premises, the report
said.YAAKOV LAPPIN contributed to this report.