WOO HOO! I guess the Chinese know how to handle their Muslim problem. Two of the men trying to hijack a flight were beaten to death by passengers and crew.
UK Daily Mail (H/T Infidel) CHINA State news is reporting today that the men were part of a six-strong gang (of Uighur MUSLIMS), aged 20 to 36, who attempted to hijack a Tianjin Airlines flight bound for Urumqi last Friday.
Minutes after the flight carrying 101 people took off from Hetian, southwest Xinjiang, three men in the front and three in the back stood up and announced their plans to terrified passengers, according to reports.
The group, all from the city of Kashgar in the west of Xinjiang (MUSLIM area), then broke a pair of aluminum crutches and used the pieces to attack passengers while trying to break into the cockpit, a regional government spokesman said. They were tackled by police and passengers who tied them up with belts before the plane returned to the airport safely just 22 minutes later.
Several passengers and crew members were injured in the tussle. The alleged hijackers were taken to hospital where two of them later died, the state-run Global Times reported.
The newspaper said two others were hospitalised after mutilating themselves, but gave no others details. (Should have killed them, too)
The regional government spokesman added the men had smuggled suspected explosives on board. These were still being tested by police today.
Xinjiang is home to a large population of minority MUSLIM Uighurs (pronounced WEE’-gurs), but is ruled by China’s ethnic majority Hans. There have been clashes between authorities and Uighurs resentful of government controls over their religion and culture. (So what else is new? YAWN)
Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the German-based World Uyghur Congress which campaigns for Uighurs’ rights, said that it wasn’t a hijacking attempt but an in-flight brawl over a seat dispute. (Sure it was. The lefties must really think we are stupid. How many witnesses were on that plane?)
Friday’s incident occurred just a few days before the anniversary of the July 2009 riots in Urumqi when nearly 200 were killed in fighting between Han Chinese and Uighurs.
Tensions are already high in Hotan, where authorities raided a religious school recently and are conducting home searches, according to the Washington-based Uighur American Association. (In China, nobody cares if they are accused of religious profiling, especially when the criminals are from the same religion)