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China says no evidence of hijack, terror attack by Chinese passengers on missing Malaysian plane

Published on Mar 18, 2014 11:06 AM
Chinese relatives of passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 leave a meeting with officials at the Metro Park Lido Hotel in Beijing on March 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS, AFP) - There is no evidence Chinese passengers were involved in a hijack or terror attack on a Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished 10 days ago, state media quoted China's ambassador to Malaysia as saying on Tuesday.

Ambassador Huang Huikang told Chinese reporters that Beijing had carried out a detailed investigation of the Chinese passengers and could rule out their involvement, state television said on one of its official microblogs.

He also said China had begun searching for the aircraft on its own territory amid a huge international search operation covering vast areas north and south of the plane's last-known position.

Huang said a lot of the information involved criminal matters which was "not suitable to publicise" but gave no other details.

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