The head of Interpol has said he does not believe the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane was a terrorist incident as he revealed the identity of both of the men who used stolen passports to board the plane.
Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble said Iranian nationals Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29, travelled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports before switching to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents.
He said the recent information about the men made terrorism a less likely cause of the plane’s disappearance. He said: ‘The more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it is not a terrorist incident.’
Malaysian police released images of the two men after they revealed the identity of the 19-year-old,
who was believed to have been planning to enter Germany to seek asylum and was not thought to be a member of a terrorist group.