DHAKA: The FBI is sending agents and technical experts to assist a team probing the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet that had several Americans aboard.
US media reported, says The Straits Times.
US officials told The Los Angeles Times that they are trying to determine whether there was any terror link to what caused Flight MH370 to go missing as it was carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The fact that at least three of the passengers are believed to be Americans ‘gives us entrée to the case’, a top federal law enforcement official told the newspaper on Saturday.
‘But so far, what happened is a mystery.’
A US official told CNN that FBI agents stationed at the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, including an FBI legal attache, were monitoring the situation closely.
Asked to confirm the reports, an FBI spokesman only replied, ‘We are ready to assist if needed’.
Although two passengers appeared to have been using stolen EU passports, ‘there is no indication this is a terrorist attack; stolen passports are certainly not indicative of a terrorist attack’, a senior counterterrorism official told the Times.
The official stressed there was ‘no evidence’ of terrorism thus far.
BDST: 1335 HRS, MAR 09, 2014
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