Ananth Krishnan Beijing
India Today - March 10, 2015
A number of extremists from China's Muslim-majority Xinjiang
region have travelled to West Asia to join the war being waged by the
Islamic State group, a top Chinese official said on Tuesday.
the first official confirmation that Chinese terrorists had joined the
Islamic State, the Communist Party chief of Xinjiang, Zhang Chunxian,
said that "Xinjiang has extremists that have joined IS".
recently broke up a few cases involving those who had returned directly
after fighting in war," Zhang was quoted by Reuters as telling
reporters, speaking along the sidelines of China's on-going 10-day
session of the National People's Congress, or Parliament.
has blamed a string of recent violent attacks in Xinjiang on Uighur
extremist groups such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, whose
members Chinese officials say are in hiding in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Uighurs are an ethnic Turkic minority native to Xinjiang.