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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Stolen passports raise spectre of terrorism

Published on Mar 10, 2014 5:37 PM

THE revelation that at least two passengers on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 that vanished over the sea off Vietnam were carrying stolen passports has raised red flags among law enforcers and security analysts.

Terrorists often use stolen passports to avoid detection, say analysts. But people smugglers, illegal immigrants and drug smugglers also regularly use stolen passports, leading Mr Ronald Noble, secretary-general of Interpol, to once call passport fraud the "biggest threat facing the world".

The passports used by the impostors had both been stolen in Phuket over the past two years.

The two men whose passports were stolen - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - were not on the MAS flight, their governments said.

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