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BREAKING NEWS: SEE Who Is Claiming Responsibility For Missing Malaysia Plane

More than 24 hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar, a shadowy group called the Chinese Martyrs’ Brigade has claimed responsibility for it, but officials said the claim could be a hoax.



 * Risman Siregar (left) comforts his wife, Erlina Panjaitan (center). They are the parents of Firman Chandra Siregar, a 24-year-old passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The group, unheard of before now, sent an email to journalists across China that read: “You kill one of our clan, we will kill 100 of you as pay back,” but the message provided no details of what brought the flight down.

And Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, told reporters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday he doubted the claim’s legitimacy.

“There is no sound or credible grounds to justify their claims,” he said, according to Malaysian news reports.

Other officials said the claim could be a hoax aimed at increasing ethnic tensions between Uighurs and Han Chinese in the wake of a recent knife attack in the southwestern city of Kunming on March 1 that left 29 people dead and injured about 140 others.

The message was delivered through an anonymous, encrypted Hushmail service that is virtually impossible to trace, they said.

Investigators also said Monday that debris spotted from the air that was originally believed to be from the plane turned out to be a large cable spool unconnected to the aircraft.

Officials also said testing showed that an oil slick thought to possibly be from the plane had no connection to the aircraft.

 

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