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Bomb scare forces urgent China landing

Bomb scare forces urgent China landing

A commercial jet flying from a western China region wracked by ethnic tensions made an emergency landing after receiving a bomb threat that turned out to be fake, a police official and state media said yesterday.
No bomb was found aboard the China Southern plane after it landed late Wednesday in the city of Lanzhou, the Xinhua News Agency reported. It quoted an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China as saying the incident was a hoax.
The plane was on its way to the southern commercial center of Guangzhou after taking off from the city of Urumqi, capital of the western border region of Xinjiang, Xinhua said. The report said police in Guangzhou, where China Southern is based, received an anonymous phone call saying there was a bomb on the plane.
Urumqi and Xinjiang have been beset for decades by ethnic tensions and a simmering rebellion waged by members of the mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic group. The bomb scare comes just a week after the first anniversary of rioting in Urumqi between Uighurs and members of the Han Chinese majority that left nearly 200 dead. In its wake, security has remained tight, aggravating resentment among some Uighurs. All 93 passengers and 18 crew members on China Southern flight 3912 were evacuated and questioned while the plane was searched for hours, Xinhua said.


Updated : 2021-05-17 19:28 GMT+08:00