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Hong Kong airport on alert over bomb threat

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's airlines and airport are on alert today after receiving a warning from Taiwan that a woman in mainland China may be planning to board a flight to the Asian financial hub with a bomb.

Taiwan's intelligence agency warns that the woman might take a Cathay Pacific Airways or Dragonair flight today or Saturday.

A report in the South China Morning Post newspaper cites an unnamed source from Taiwanese airport police, and it gives no details about the woman except that she has long hair.

Cathay and its Dragonair unit say, "We are aware of a threat message with reference to our flights from mainland China to Hong Kong as shared by the Taiwan authorities." They've issued a statement saying, "We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities and have reminded our frontline teams to remain vigilant as usual."

Budget carrier Hong Kong Express and the city's airport authority also say they've received the warning.

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