11 with links to Al Qaeda arrested in MH370 probe

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A group of 11 terrorists with links to Al Qaeda were yesterday being interrogated on whether they are behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, international media reported.

The suspects were arrested in the capital Kuala Lumpur and in the state of Kedah last week and are members of a violent new terror group said to be planning bomb attacks in Muslim countries.

The interrogations come after international investigators, including the FBI and MI6, asked for the militants, whose ages range from 22 to 55 and include students, odd-job workers, a young widow and business professionals, to be questioned intensively about Flight MH370.

Nearly two months after the Beijing-bound plane vanished soon after take-off from Kuala Lumpur, no trace has been found despite a huge sea search costing hundreds of millions of pounds. It is thought to have crashed into the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board.

An officer with the Counter Terrorism Division of Malaysian Special Branch said yesterday the arrests had heightened suspicion that the flight’s disappearance may have been an act of terrorism.

‘The possibility that the plane was diverted by militants is still high on the list and international investigators have asked for a comprehensive report on this new terror group,’ the officer said.

In interviews conducted so far, some suspects have admitted planning ‘sustained terror campaigns’ in Malaysia but denied being involved in the disappearance of the airliner, he added.

During the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, Saajid Badat, a British-born Muslim from Gloucester, said he had been instructed at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan to give a shoe bomb to the Malaysians.

He said: 'I gave one of my shoes to the Malaysians. I think it was to access the cockpit.'

Badat, who spoke via video link and is in hiding in the UK, told the New York court the Malaysian plot was being masterminded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of 9/11.

A mystery surrounding the cargo being carried by the missing Malaysian Airlines plane emerged on Friday when it was discovered that it had been loaded with items not specified on the manifest.

The aircraft was carrying 4.566 tonnes of mangosteens - an exotic fruit - and a shipment of lithium batteries, which were part of a separate consignment.

The batteries weighed 200kg, but that separate consignment totalled 2.453 tonnes. So what was being carried to make up the 2.253 tonnes in that separate shipment?

Questions have been raised as Malaysia Airlines said it will close assistance centres in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur for the families of the 239 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777-200ER jet.(Daily Mail)
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  • Thuwan Monday, 05 May 2014 10:36 AM

    MH 370 affair is becoming a Malay Pickle day by day. via DM iPad app

    ANTON Sunday, 04 May 2014 04:16 AM

    I THINK THE ROOT CAUSE OF THIS TRAGEDY IS COMING OUT SLOWLY.

    Gong Mottaya Sunday, 04 May 2014 04:21 AM

    so many stories made. Now putting the pressure on al Qudaiah

    ham Sunday, 04 May 2014 07:32 PM

    oh please USA yet again al qaeeda to save your as via DM Android App

    Empulze Sunday, 04 May 2014 04:44 AM

    Why not check the Pentagon and Whitehouse for a change? latelyy they have being super silent about it.

    ind Monday, 05 May 2014 05:36 AM

    Be Ware Malaysia. See what happen to Afghanistan !!

    Lankan4Ever Sunday, 04 May 2014 05:02 AM

    Ok now let's go back to plan Z... Blame it on Al Qaeda!

    Hideous... they had to mention 9/11... So the "Elite" group is behind this as well huh...

    Lankan4Ever Monday, 05 May 2014 06:00 AM

    [quote name="Roshan"]Very soon Malaysia going to be another Afhganistan or Syria.[/quote]

    I have the same feeling brother :-( Stupid USA :@

    Nimal Sunday, 04 May 2014 05:15 AM

    No wonder alquida supporters here now

    Amschel Monday, 05 May 2014 01:18 AM

    Sounds familiar, blaming Al Quaeda or LTTE but masterminded by government

    Lankan4Ever Sunday, 04 May 2014 09:29 AM

    [quote name="Empulze"]Why not check the Pentagon and Whitehouse for a change? latelyy they have being super silent about it.[/quote]

    Right on the money.. Empulze!!

    Roshan Monday, 05 May 2014 03:58 AM

    Very soon Malaysia going to be another Afhganistan or Syria.


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