Muslim woman aimed to blow up Chinese plane: official media
Chinese authorities have alleged a 19-year-old Muslim woman aboard a commercial airliner heading for Beijing planned to blow the plane up, state press reported Thursday.
The woman intended to explode a petrol bomb in the toilet of a China Southern Airlines flight from Urumqi city in the country's far northwest on Friday last week, the official Xinhua news agency and the Global Times said.
The reports were the most detailed to emerge about the incident, amid claims by rights groups and dissidents that the Chinese government was exaggerating a terror threat in its Muslim-populated Xinjiang region to justify a crackdown.
Thursday's reports, similar accounts of which were carried in other state-run Chinese media outlets, said the toilet was directly above the plane's wing where the fuel tanks were located.
"This (attack) had been under preparation for a long period, the planning was very detailed and was closely linked to terrorist activities," the Global Times said, citing an unnamed official with knowledge of the case.
The plan was "clearly a terrorist plot," and police were interrogating the girl involved to find out who helped her plan the attack, he reportedly said.
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