Plane gun smugglers detained
POLICE at the Shenzhen International Airport have taken two suspects into custody for attempting to smuggle firearms on board a plane, according to a report by a semi-official news agency.
The Hong Kong China News Agency said yesterday a man named Zhang and a woman named Hong were caught recently when they tried to board a commercial flight carrying undeclared firearms.
The agency did not further identify the suspects, nor did it say whether the pair had intended to hijack the plane or were merely trying to smuggle the firearms out of the country.
The news agency said Hong was found carrying 10 rounds of ammunition and an anti-riot handgun.
Zhang was caught in possession of a bullet and a handgun-like lighter.
The agency did not explain whether Hong and Zhang knew each other.
It said neither of them declared their ''hand-carriage'' before they tried to board the flight.
Police were investigating the incident and considering laying charges.
This latest arrest was the 16th by Shenzhen airport police this year, the news agency said.
At least 10 of China's commercial flights were hijacked to Taiwan last year.
There have been no official reports of hijack this year.
China's new aviation chief, Chen Guangyi, has vowed to improve aviation safety and to impose strict inspection procedures at airports to prevent hijacking.