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Plane hijack foiled in west China's Xinjiang

Plane hijack foiled in west China's Xinjiang

A government website says passengers and crew on a plane in China's far-western region of Xinjiang have foiled a hijacking attempt by six people.
The Tianshan news portal says the hijacking attempt was made just after the plane took off Friday from Hotan for Xinjiang's capital of Urumqi. The regional government news site says the six suspects were detained by police after the plane returned safely to Hotan but did not immediately give any other details.
The report does not offer details on the suspects, such as their ethnicity. Hotan has been the scene of recent clashes between ethnic Uighurs (pronounced WEE'-gurs) and authorities. The Uighurs say they resent government controls on their religion and culture.


Updated : 2021-05-17 13:12 GMT+08:00