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Hong Kong on alert after warning about possible bomb on flight from China

Published on Jun 6, 2014 11:42 AM
 
Air staff prepare a Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. jet at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China. The Hong Kong Airport Authority and two airlines said on Friday they had received a warning from Taiwan authorities regarding a possible bomb aboard a Cathay Pacific or Dragonair flight arriving from mainland China in the next two days. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - The Hong Kong Airport Authority and two airlines said on Friday they had received a warning from Taiwan authorities regarding a possible bomb aboard a Cathay Pacific or Dragonair flight arriving from mainland China in the next two days.

The warning comes amid heightened security concerns in China following suicide bombings and stabbings that have been blamed on Uighur separatists and after authorities in the restive region of Xinjiang region sentenced nine people to death on Thursday for "violent terrorism".

It also comes just two days after more than 180,000 people gathered for a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to mark the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 25 years ago in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

"We are aware of a threat message with reference to our flights from mainland China to Hong Kong as shared by the Taiwan authorities," a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific and its unit Dragonair said in an emailed statement to Reuters. "We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities and have reminded our frontline teams to remain vigilant as usual."

 
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