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Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on board the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged.
French secret servicemen established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the doomed Airbus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 31st.
Soon after news of the fatal crash broke, agents working for the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), the French equivalent of MI6, were dispatched to Brazil.
It was there that they established that two names on the passenger list are also on highly classified documents listing the names of radical Muslims considered a threat to the French Republic.
A source working for the French security services told Paris weekly L’Express that the link was “highly significant”.
Le Express reports: (Translated French to English)
Intelligence agencies have identified two French names to people known for their links with Islamist terrorism. Lack of birth date, identification remains incomplete.
The hypothesis of an attack against the Air France flight 447 connecting Rio de Janeiro to Paris, on 1 June, has not been completely excluded, although it seems very unlikely. By checking the passenger list, the intelligence services have identified two french names to people known for their links with Islamist terrorism. The identification has remained incomplete, because the date of birth of suspects: it could be mere homonyms. No serious claim has also been recorded. In total, 228 people died in the greatest disaster in the history of Air France.
Hervé Morin. If there is no evidence to corroborate this thesis, we should not dismiss provided according to the Minister of Defense.
The hypothesis was not ruled out a terrorist to explain the disappearance of the Air France Airbus between Rio and Paris with 228 people on board, said Friday the french Minister of Defense Hervé Morin.
I have never ruled out terrorism,” he said. There was “no evidence or track that would allow us to corroborate that, but the ongoing investigation has never excluded it,” he reiterated to an association of journalists.
Mr. Morin said not having been informed of threats on the flight or a possible claim. But in most cases, when there were terrorist acts on airplanes, there was no claim “he said.