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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: More 'suspect passports' being probed

Published on Mar 10, 2014 9:05 AM

KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam (REUTERS) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board are examining more 'suspect passports' that could have been used to board the aircraft.

International police agency Interpol earlier confirmed that two passengers on the flight had used stolen Austrian and Italian passports.

An Interpol spokeswoman on Sunday said a check of all documents used to board the plane had revealed more "suspect passports" that were being further investigated. She was unable to say how many, or from which country or countries.

Malaysia's state news agency quoted Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying the passengers using the stolen European passports were of Asian appearance, and criticising border officials who let them through.

Passengers queue to clear immigration checkpoints at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 
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