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March 18th, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Counter terrorism expert: People on jihadist websites discussing missing plane

(CNN) – Investigators of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have ruled out the possibility that it was targeted by the same terrorist group behind a Malaysia hijack plot in 2001. Meanwhile, a Chinese official Tuesday said that background checks on Chinese citizens aboard the plane show no signs of ties to terrorist organizations.

"The fact that nobody has claimed credit so far makes me suspicious this was actually an act of terrorism," says Seth Jones, associate director of RAND Corportation's International Security & Defense Policy Center.
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March 18th, 2014
04:48 PM ET

Officials: No link between missing plane and 2001 hijack plot

(CNN) - As new clues bolster the theory that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was deliberately flown off course, the one nagging question for investigators, beyond where the plane ended up, is why anyone would do this?

Investigators have been able to rule out at least one possibility – that the plane was targeted by the same group behind a Malaysia hijack plot in 2001, officials tell CNN.

CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson reports.

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March 18th, 2014
04:29 PM ET

Officials: No sign from search that pilots planned Flight 370's route change

(CNN) - Investigators hoping past communications from the pilots could explain why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veered off course came up empty-handed, U.S. officials said.

An initial search of the pilots' personal computers and e-mails found nothing to indicate that the sudden deviation in the aircraft's route was planned, U.S. officials said Tuesday after being briefed by Malaysian authorities.

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