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Wed 17 Feb 2010 11:05 AM

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Death squad suspects 'had identities stolen'

British authorities claim British nationals' identities stolen by Dubai hotel killers.

British authorities have claimed that six British nationals had their identities stolen by suspected Mossad agents who assassinated a Hamas leader in Dubai.

According to a report in the Times, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that the identities used by six members of the 11-strong hit squad were those of real British passport holders living in Israel.

“We believe the passports used were fraudulent, and have begun our own investigation,” an FCO spokesman said, according to the newspaper.

Top Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was assassinated in a luxury hotel in Dubai last month. On Tuesday, Dubai police released names, pictures and video footage of the team they believe carried out the killing.

Since then, one alleged member of the hit squad told newswire Reuters that he was "angry, upset and scared" over what he called a misidentification.

Dubai police listed ‘Melvyn Adam Mildiner’, a British national, as a suspect in the killing. However, a man living in Israel with the same name said he had nothing to do with the assassination and had never been to Dubai.

“I am obviously angry, upset and scared -- any number of things,” he told the newswire. “And I'm looking into what I can do to try to sort things out and clear my name.

"I don't know how this happened or who chose my name or why, but hopefully we'll find out soon," said Mildiner, a technical writer.

France and Germany said they were unable to verify the identities of the French and German passport holders named in Dubai. Ireland said the three Irish passports appeared to be forgeries rather than stolen identities.