A flight of the southern airlines leaving from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in northwest China, for the national capital of Beijing made a forced landing at Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, also in northwest China, on March 7, or last Friday, said Nur Bekri, the newly elected chairman of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region during a recent open, full-member meeting of the Xinjiang delegation of NPC deputies in Beijing.
In view of what clues or information that have been obtained, it must be an air crash attempt, noted the regional chairman Nur Bekri, and the background and purpose of an offender are being investigated.
The flight took off in Urumuqi at 10:35 a.m. on March 7 and made a forced landing at Lanzhou 12;40 p.m. on the same day, Nur Bekri said.
In another development, regional police in Xinjiang destroyed a lair of terrorists, shooting dead two terrorists and arresting 15 others on January 27, said Wang Lequan, chairman of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regional committee of the Communist Party of China.
These terrorists are under the command of the East Turkestain Islamic Movement (ETIM) and, in view of weaponry equipment and materials seized from the January 27 raid in the regional capital Urumqi, their aim was clear, which was to damage Beijing 2008 summer Olympic Games.
By People's Daily Online