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12 Released After Arrests Aboard Aborted Flight

August 25, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Dutch prosecutors said they were releasing 12 passengers arrested on an aborted Northwest Airlines flight to India because there was no evidence of a terrorist threat.

The men, all Indian nationals, had aroused suspicions on Flight 42 to Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, because they had a large number of cellphones, laptops and hard drives, and refused to follow the crew's instructions, prosecutors said.

The pilot of the DC-10 radioed for help shortly after takeoff Wednesday, and the plane was escorted back to Amsterdam by two Dutch fighter jets.

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