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Top Hamas militant was killed by electric shock: brother

world Updated: Jan 29, 2010 15:48 IST

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A top Hamas leader who died in Dubai earlier this month was killed by electric shock after an electrical appliance was held to his head, one of his brothers said on Friday, blaming Israeli agents.

He said that Mahmud Abdel Rauf al-Mabhuh, who was in charge of obtaining weapons for Hamas, was in Dubai on a mission for the Islamist movement.

"The first results of a joint investigation by Hamas and the (United Arab) Emirates show he was killed by an electrical appliance that was held to his head," Fayed al-Mabhuh told AFP by telephone.

"Material was sent to a Paris laboratory which confirmed he was killed by electric shock."

He charged that Israel's Mossad overseas intelligence agency was behind the killing believed to have been conducted by two people, but did not say whether there was any evidence to back this up.

The Hamas official had already been targeted in the past, his brother said, adding that several months ago he was taken in a coma to a hospital in Damascus where doctors later told him he had been poisoned.

Mabhuh did not take his bodyguards with him on his mission to Dubai, the brother said.

He said Mabhuh, one of the founders of the military wing of Hamas, was in charge of transferring weapons to Gaza. "Our information is that he was sending weapons to Gaza but we have no more details," he said.

There has been no Israeli reaction to the allegations first levelled by Hamas earlier on Friday in Gaza City and its base in exile in Damascus.