Rescuers from around the world have been attempting to find wreckage from Malaysian Air Flight 370 since it went missing in mid-March, but so far each possible lead has been met with a disheartening turn of events that has left rescuers nowhere closer to discovering the aircraft. However, new information obtained by the British media from sources within MI6 suggest that the recent arrests of 11 Al-Qaeda linked individuals in Malaysia may have a connection to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.
On Saturday night, The Daily Mail reported that eleven individuals were arrested in Kuala Lumpur and that the individuals are part of a new group that has been planning attacks within the region. The individuals range in age from 22 to 55 and have a wide range of different jobs. According to reports, MI6, the British intelligence agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were pushing heavily on Malaysian officials to inquire about MH370.
The British Telegraph reports that it has information suggesting that last month information surfaced in a New York court that he had met with a group of Islamist terrorists planning a September 11th style attack where the terrorists would take control of the aircraft using explosives in their shoes. Saajid Bajat claims that four to five men had made these planes. Most shockingly, he claimed that he met them in Afghanistan and that one of them was a pilot. He was testifying in the trial against Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, where he told the court that he believed the Malaysian terrorists, including the pilot, “were ready to perform an act.”
Malaysian officials have flatly denied the reports, calling them “rubbish” in their initial response early Sunday. According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, “This has nothing to do with the plane.” The aircraft has been missing since March, when it dropped off radar and disappeared with no signs of where it may have went. Initial hopes of finding the aircraft were sparked earlier in the month when a pinging noise like the one emitted from the black box of the aircraft was discovered, but that search has not yet uncovered any debris.