Terrorists with links to Al Qaeda may have been behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said one officer with the Counter Terrorism Division of Malaysian Special Branch.
Confirming that the unit has made 11 arrests so far and questioned them for their links with the terrorist outfit al Qaeda, he said, “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 possibility that the plane was diverted by militants is still high on the list. he said and that the global intelligence officials are seeking comprehensive report on this new terror angle," the officer said.
In the last two weeks, a total of 11 terrorists were arrested in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and in the state of Kedah. The suspects are said to be members of a new violent terror group and its members include those aged 22 to 55. The militants are said to be consisting of students, odd-job workers, a young widow and business professionals.
The missing Malaysian flight MH 370 was bound to Beijing with 239 passengers on board when it disappeared without trace on 8 March, 2014. Some hundreds of millions of dollars were spent in an international search operation with ships and planes deployed to scour the air and the seas in the Indian Ocean looking for the wreckage.
A Russian newspaper had earlier said that flight MH370 was in fact, hijacked and landed in Afghanistan where passengers were being held hostage. The sources of the story are from the country’s top intelligence wing FSB secret service, the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets said.
In the past, Briton suspect Sulaiman Abu Ghaith claimed that he had been asked to give a shoe bomb to the Malaysians. "I gave one of my shoes to the Malaysians. I think it was to access the cockpit," he said.
Sulaiman or also called Badat, who spoke via video link from some unknown place in the UK, told a New York court that the Malaysian plot was part of its mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of 9/11.
Some reports said the passengers may have been held captive by a terrorist organisation.