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India denies theory of Sept 11-style attack by missing Malaysia Airlines plane

Published on Mar 17, 2014 4:08 PM
 
Indian Navy ship INS Kesari, involved in search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, arrives at the naval base in Port Blair, the capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, March 17, 2014. India rejected suggestions on Monday, March 17, 2014, that it could have been the intended target of a 9/11-style attack by the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India rejected suggestions on Monday that it could have been the intended target of a 9/11-style attack by the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised maximum assistance in the massive hunt for Flight MH370, India's foreign minister said it was vital that the mystery over its fate was cleared up.

But asked by the CNN-IBN network about suggestions that the plane was hijacked with the aim of flying it into an Indian city, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid replied: "I don't think we have gone that far."

The speculation was fuelled by former US deputy secretary of state Strobe Talbott who tweeted that the "direction, fuel load & range now lead some to suspect hijackers planned a 9/11-type attack on an Indian city".

 
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