Malaysian Police Arrest 11 in Possible Terror Links to Flight 370

By Paul Riegler on 3 May 2014
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The missing Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER at Charles de Gaulle Airport in 2011

The missing Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER at Charles de Gaulle Airport in 2011

Malaysian authorities reported the arrest of almost a dozen people on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist group, and interrogations are ongoing to determine whether any of those detained have any connection to the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

Earlier in the week, the country’s police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, reported the arrest of nine individuals ranging in age from 22 to 55 in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and also in the northern state of Kedah, which borders Thailand.  Two more individuals were arrested later in the week.

The move reportedly came after the FBI and MI6 requested that the individuals be questioned about Flight 370.

According to several press reports in Australia and the United Kingdom, the individuals who are in custody are members of a violent cell of al Qaeda-linked terrorists.

An official with the Malaysian government’s Counter Terrorism Division told the Daily Mail that the arrests have increased concern that terrorists may have taken control of the plane.

“International investigators have asked for a comprehensive report on this new terror group,” the official said.

The individuals were charged with being “involved in a militant group that is responsible for planning terror acts in and outside the country,” the police chief said in a statement.

Chief Bakar also said that they were suspected of having links to terrorists abroad and that some of them were believed to have held “‘‘a secret meeting to strengthen their militant ideology, raise funds and undergo military training in preparation to commit acts of terror.”


Accura News

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