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China diverts 'bomb threat' plane
Afghan flight sent to Kandahar after Xinjiang officials withhold permission to land.
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2009 18:57 GMT

An aeroplane bound for the capital of China's western Xinjiang province has been diverted back to Afghanistan following a reported bomb threat on board the aircraft.

China's official Xinhua news agency on Sunday reported that the aircraft had received a bomb threat, but later reports said the aeroplane had been diverted simply because it lacked the necessary documents.

An Afghan air traffic source and airport police said that the airline had failed to obtain the correct paperwork needed to land.

The KamAir flight departed from Kabul, the Afghan capital, bound for Urumqi, but landed in the southern city of Kandahar after being refused landing in China.

The flight landed in Kandahar rather than Kabul because of high winds in the capital, Afghan sources said.

As reports of the bomb threat emerged, police and emergency vehicles had rushed to the airport in Urumqi, Xinjiang's provincial capital.

Last month Urumqi was the scene of the worst ethnic violence seen in China in decades when clashes between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese left at least 197 people dead and more than 1,700 injured.

KamAir was founded in 2003 as Afghanistan's first private commercial airline.

It serves a number of international and domestic routes with six aircraft and 350 employees, it says on its website.

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