A CCTV handout from Dubai police showing Hamas commander Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, being followed by his alleged killers. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Interpol on Monday issued arrest notices for 16 more suspects wanted by Dubai for the killing of a Hamas leader here, reports said.

The announcement in Lyon, France, brought to 27 the total number of suspects on the international police agency's wanted list for the murder of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in a hotel in January, which Dubai Police suspect was ordered by the Israeli secret service.

"Investigative information provided by the authorities in Dubai bore out the international links and broad scope of the number of people involved, as well as the role of two ‘teams' of individuals identified by the Dubai Police as being linked to Al Mabhouh's murder," Interpol said in a statement.

Clear links

It said the 16 new names make up the second of these "teams", in addition to 11 for whom Interpol issued arrest notices on February 18, the reports said.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the "thorough" investigation by Dubai Police had established "clear" links through passport records and video surveillance of individuals and groups, as well as through DNA analysis, witness interviews and hotel, credit card, phone and transport records, Interpol stated on its website.

Dubai Police have also agreed to enter into Interpol's international databases all relevant evidence related to the investigation, including DNA profiles recovered from the scene, the website said.

"Sharing all existing available information with Interpol and the international law enforcement community is all the more important when the case reportedly involves multiple cross-border movements worldwide and the use of fraudulently altered passports by individuals using aliases," said Noble.

"Evidence of these global links touching each of Interpol's four regions worldwide makes the creation of the international task force with Interpol and interested countries whose passports were fraudulently altered essential to the investigation. It can only further help connect the dots and shed light on Al Mabhouh's murder and ultimately bring those responsible to justice," added the head of the world policing body.

The latest publication of the Red Notices came at the request of Dubai Police and Interpol's National Central Bureau in Abu Dhabi.