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Hamas aide: Assassinated leader smuggled weapons

The right-hand man of a Hamas leader assassinated in Dubai has confirmed Israeli claims that his boss supplied weapons to Palestinian militants.

world Updated: Mar 02, 2010 22:29 IST

The right-hand man of a Hamas leader assassinated in Dubai has confirmed Israeli claims that his boss supplied weapons to Palestinian militants.

Mohammed Nassar spoke to Hamas' Al Aqsa radio in Gaza from Damascus. A transcript was released on Tuesday.

Nassar was an aide to Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was assassinated Jan. 19. Israel is widely suspected, but has not confirmed or denied involvement.

Al-Mabhouh allegedly smuggled weapons from Iran to Gaza. Nassar says al-Mabhouh "never stopped thinking about how to fight the occupation by supplying quality weapons to the Palestinian fighters."

The aide also describes how al-Mabhouh celebrated killing two Israeli soldiers in the mid-1980s by standing on one of the corpses.