The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was most likely not due to a terrorist attack, the secretary-general of international police agency Interpol said Tuesday.
“The more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it is not a terrorist incident,” Ronald K. Noble told reporters.
He said the two passengers with stolen passports were Iranians who had swapped their passports in Kuala Lumpur and used stolen Italian and Austrian passports to board the missing plane.
Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar identified one of the individuals with a stolen passport as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad. The police chief said he was unlikely to have links to a terrorist group and was probably migrating to Germany.
Noble identified the other Iranian as Delavar Seyedmohammaderza, 29. Both bought their tickets in Thailand and entered Malaysia together, press reports say.
Currently, the search has expanded to more than a 100 nautical mile radius with 10 countries searching for traces of the missing flight.