African hunt for stolen Boeing

The United States says it is working with African governments to try to find a stolen passenger jet that it fears may end up being used by terrorists.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer admitted the US had few leads over who was behind the theft of the plane, from an airport in Angola last month, but was keen to gather any information available. “We don’t have any reliable assessments about what this portends, what it could be, who may be behind it. But it is an issue that is being worked on,” he said. His comments follow a report in the Washington Post newspaper on Wednesday that the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department had joined a continent wide hunt for the aircraft. The paper quoted American officials as saying that – in the worst case scenario – the plane could be used in an 11 September-style attack. Full Story

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