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6 Uighur men arrested for plane hijack in China

6 Uighur men arrested for plane hijack in China

Chinese state media say the six suspects arrested in an attempted plane hijack in the far-western Xinjiang region are all Uighur (pronounced WEE'-gurs) men, adding to the ethnic tension in the area.
The state-run Global Times _ quoting regional government spokeswoman Hou Hanmin _ reported Saturday that the suspects are Uighur males.
State media say the men tried to hijack a plane that took off from Hotan city in southern Xinjiang for the regional capital of Urumqi on Friday, but their efforts were foiled by passengers and flight crew.
The German-based World Uyghur Congress says it wasn't a hijacking attempt but an in-flight brawl over a seat dispute. Spokesman Dilxat Raxit says Beijing shouldn't use the incident to launch another crackdown on minority Uighurs.


Updated : 2021-02-28 08:00 GMT+08:00