Res­i­dents de­scribe screams af­ter hit on busi­ness­man

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Shoshana Ke­dem @B_Shosh

This is be­lieved to be the spot where a busi­ness­man was shot nine times as he sat in his car in the park­ing area of a Dubai Ma­rina tower.

The Ira­nian na­tional, be­lieved to be a 50-yearold prop­erty in­vestor, was blasted in the head with a si­lenced pis­tol be­fore his at­tack­ers fled, po­lice said on Tues­day.

Two cones stood close to what one mem­ber of staff said is thought to be the scene of the killing in the un­der­ground park­ing garage at the Fairooz Build­ing.

When 7DAYS vis­ited the site yes­ter­day, se­cu­rity guards and work­ers in Emaar shirts were pa­trolling the build­ing’s perime­ter and the dim­lylit park­ing area, where res­i­dents con­tin­ued to park through­out the day.

The lux­ury Fairooz Build­ing was among the first tow­ers to be built in the ma­rina and three bed­room apart­ments can cost Dhs300,000 in rent.

A num­ber of ex­pen­sive cars were parked nearby, in­clud­ing a Bent­ley close to the scene.

Two plain-clothed po­lice­men, who iden­ti­fied them­selves as CID of­fi­cers, said they had closed off the man’s apart­ment. Dubai Po­lice Chief Gen­eral Khamis Mat­tar Al Muzaina on Tues­day con­firmed the sus­pects in the shoot­ing are Cana­dian and Ira­nian pass­port hold­ers, but de­clined to give fur­ther de­tails, in­clud­ing the man’s iden­tity.

7DAYS spoke to one res­i­dent of a neigh­bour­ing tower, which shares the park­ing area with Fairooz res­i­dents. She said po­lice swarmed the scene af­ter the at­tack took place in the early hours of May 4.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said a group of young women wear­ing veils were seen in the park­ing garage scream­ing, “they killed my brother” and cry­ing be­side an am­bu­lance as po­lice swarmed the scene.

An­other woman, a mother of two chil­dren, said: “I’m freaked out be­cause I don’t know what hap­pened or whether I should be concerned or not.”

She said se­cu­rity of­fi­cers at the build­ing would not say what had hap­pened.

Dubai Po­lice have launched a man­hunt for the sus­pects. A po­lice source on Tues­day said of­fi­cers are treat­ing the mur­der as an as­sas­si­na­tion mo­ti­vated by re­venge.

CRIME: The park­ing area where the shoot­ing is thought to have taken place, and (be­low) yes­ter­day’s story

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