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Report says Brit used name of dead soldier

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A British national who used the identity of a dead Israeli soldier is suspected of killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Journal said Dubai police; Interpol; British and French police were seeking British passport holder Christopher Lockwood for the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.

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Officials discovered that Lockwood -- also known as Yehuda Lustig -- was born to Jewish parents in Scotland and died in 1973. The suspect changed his name to the more Anglicized version, Lockwood, in 1994, the paper said.

There were no tax records with Lockwood's name, the paper said, adding detectives found no one at his London flat when they called to question him.

Lockwood used an authentic British passport to enter Dubai and is suspected of assisting the assailants in Mabhouh's slaying. He allegedly purchased two ferry tickets in August 2009 for two of the assailants when they arrived in Dubai ahead of the assassination, the newspaper said.

Authorities in Dubai named 33 suspects who used an alleged 45 forged passports from Britain, France ,Ireland, Australia and Germany. Dubai police released video clips of the suspects involved in the assassination and named Israel's Mossad as the perpetrator of the killing, The Journal said.

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The Israeli government refused to comment on the newspaper report and has refrained from commenting on the Dubai hit and allegations it was involved in the assassination.

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