TERRORISM ALL BUT RULED OUT IN MALAYSIAN JUMBO JETLINER DISAPPEARANCE

Mar 11, 2014

By Jane Brown

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An image of two Iranians who were travelling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has been released by Interpol.  The image shows them boarding a plane at the same time. Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble said today the two men travelled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports, then apparently switched to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents.  “The more information we get, the more we’re inclined to conclude that it was not a terrorist incident,” Noble explained.

The men have been identified by name.  One is 19, the other is 29.  “About the 19 year old, who’s photograph is here,” Noble detailed, “wanting to travel to Frankfurt Germany in order to be with his mother, is part of a human smuggling issue and not part of a terrorist issue.”

Three days after it went missing, the search area for the Malaysian Airlines jumbo jet has been expanded.  The search now covers areas that were not on the jetliner’s flight path.  More than 40 planes and ships from over 10 nations are involved in the search.  The plane left Kuala Lumpur, on the west coast of Malaysia, early Saturday en route to Beijing and vanished from radar over the Gulf of Thailand.

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