| GEO World|
| China reports bomb threat on plane to Xinjiang|
| Updated at: 0809 PST, Monday, August 10, 2009|
BEIJING: China's state news agency said Sunday there was a bomb threat on a plane from Afghanistan scheduled to land in Xinjiang, the restive western region of China that was rocked by ethnic riots last month.
News Agency did not identify the airline or the type of plane, but said the Urumqi airport had been told not to allow the plane to land.
It said police and emergency vehicles had been rushed to the airport.
Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, was the scene of the worst ethnic violence in China in decades when deadly rioting killed 197 people and injured more than 1,700, according to official count.
A Xinjiang regional government duty officer, who refused to give his name, said he had not received any information about the incident, while calls to the region's public security bureau rang unanswered.
Calls to the Urumqi airport's information counter also rang unanswered.