Stolen passports were issued before encryption safeguards

The five Irish passport numbers that were stolen by a team of hitmen who killed a senior Hamas figure in Dubai were all issued before 2005. Three of the Irish citizens whose passports were faked had never been to the Middle East.

20th February, 2010

The five Irish passport numbers that were stolen by a team of hitmen who killed a senior Hamas figure in Dubai were all issued before 2005. Three of the Irish citizens whose passports were faked had never been to the Middle East.

The revelation indicates that the assassins had targeted passport numbers which would not be on any travel databases in the Emirates, or in any neighbouring state with which the UAE shared visa data.

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