China flight to Urumqi forced to land for "national security reasons"

BEIJING Thu May 22, 2014 5:04am EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese flight from Shanghai to the western city Urumqi was forced to land in Nanjing on Thursday due to "national security reasons", an airline employee said.

The employee of Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines Co. Ltd., reached by phone, declined to give his name and said he could not provide any further information.

Blasts at a street market in Urumqi, located in the restive far-west region of Xinjiang, killed 31 people and injured 94 on Thursday. Chinese authorities have labeled the attack an act of terrorism.

(Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Nick Macfie)