While families of the 239 passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continue to mourn their missing relatives, a terrorist group called the Chinese Martyrs’ Brigade reportedly claimed responsibility for the Mar. 8 aircraft disappearance. But could it be a hoax?
Authorities are still scrambling to discover what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared during its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Mar. 8. Because of the highly mysterious, unprecedented circumstances surrounding the missing flight, many have theorized that terrorists are responsible. And on cue, a shady group called the Chinese Martyrs’ Brigade reportedly sent emails to journalists across China taking credit for the tragedy on Mar. 10.
Chinese Martyrs’ Brigade Takes Credit For Missing Plane
The Chinese group’s note said, “You kill one of our clan, we will kill 100 of you as pay back,” according to the New York Post. The message was transmitted using an anonymous, encrypted Hushmail service that is nearly impossible to trace.
The emails did not give any further details about what caused the plane to crash or go missing. So because the Chinese group’s email only includes information that is public knowledge, authorities are taking the claim with a grain of salt. “There is no sound or credible grounds to justify their claims,” Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein, told reporters on Mar. 10.
Other authorities believe the claim could be a hoax aimed at increasing ethnic tensions between Uighurs and Han Chinese in the wake of a Mar. 1 knifing attack in Kunming, China that claimed 29 lives and injured about 140 others.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Missing: Act Of Terrorism?
Speculation has been high that the Flight MH370 disappearance was an act of terrorism ever since it was revealed that two of the plane’s passengers were flying on stolen passports. Five people also checked in for the flight, but decided not to board before just before it took off.
The two impostors’ tickets were purchased by a mysterious Iranian man who asked a Thai travel agent to get the two men on the cheapest flight to Europe from Malaysia. That ended up being Flight HM370.
However, these two men have reportedly been identified as African-looking by authorities, so it would stand to reason that if the Chinese Martyrs’ Bridge was responsible then these two men may not have been involved, or vice versa.
— Andrew Gruttadaro