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Bolivia Releases 16 Bangladeshis Arrested in Suspected Hijacking Plot
VOA News
05 Dec 2003, 20:48 UTC

Bolivian officials have released 16 Bangladeshis arrested on a tip from French authorities that they were planning to hijack an airline for a terrorist attack.

Interior Minister Alfonso Ferrufino said Friday, officials could not find enough evidence to file terrorism charges against the detainees.

Mr. Ferrufino said characterized as vague the French warning that Bangladeshi citizens might try to hijack planes in South America to attack U.S. interests there.

French officials did not immediately comment on the incident.

Nine of the suspects were waiting to board a flight to Buenos Aires when they were arrested Thursday at an airport in Santa Cruz. Bolivian officials said French police had provided information the detainees had suspected links to terrorist groups. They add their investigation will continue.