"I don't think what I did was brave. It's something anyone would do in that situation. How could one sit and watch people trying to take the plane down, which would probably end up killing everyone in the process?"
Liu Huijun, a passenger on a plane from Hotan to Urumqi, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, who joined the cabin crew and other passengers to foil an attempted hijacking on June 29, recalling the terrifying experience to reporters
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Xinjiang Factbox

Geographic Location: In the heart of the Eurasian continent with a total international borderline of 5,600 km.

Size: 1.66 million square km, one sixth of China's land area, the largest of all provincial-level administrative regions.

Ethnic Groups: There are 55 ethnic groups living in the region, mainly Uygur, Han, Kazak, Hui, Mongolian, Kirgiz, Xibe, Tajik, Ozbek, Manchu, Daur, Tatar and Russian. By the end of 2010, the population of Xinjiang had reached 21.81 million.

Religious Beliefs: Include Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity (Catholicism) and Shamanism.

Administrative Divisions: 15 prefectures (including prefectures, autonomous prefectures and prefecture-level cities) and 87 counties. Urumqi is the regional capital.

(Source: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regional Government)

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