Plane hijack foiled in China’s Xinjiang

Passengers and crew on a plane in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang foiled a hijacking attempt by six people on Friday, a government website said.

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Published: Fri 29 Jun 2012, 3:30 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:46 AM

The Tianshan news portal said the hijacking attempt was made just after the plane took off from Hotan in southern Xinjiang for the regional capital of Urumqi. The regional government news site said the six suspects were detained by police after the plane returned safely to Hotan but did not immediately give any other details.

The flight’s operator, Tianjin Airlines, said on its website that the plane returned to Hotan 22 minutes after takeoff.

The airline’s report did not give details on the suspects, such as their ethnicity. Hotan has been the scene of recent clashes between ethnic Uighursand authorities. The Uighurs say they resent government controls on their religion and culture.

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