Wednesday, March 11, 2015

China says Muslim Uighurs have joined ISIS

Authorities in the far-western region of Xinjiang - home to many of the nation's Muslim Uighur ethnic minority - say they will strengthen their crackdown on terrorism.

By The Associated Press | Mar. 11, 2015

Chinese officials say that members of the country's Muslim Uighur ethnic minority have gone overseas to fight with Islamic State, which controls sections of Syria and Iraq, and returned to take part in plots at home.
Authorities in the far-western region of Xinjiang, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, will strengthen their crackdown on terrorism and extremism, regional representatives said at a discussion on the sidelines of China's legislature.
Xinjiang has seen repeated violence as Uighurs have bristled under what they say is repressive Chinese government rule. Attacks blamed on Uighurs have also occurred in other parts of the country, including a car which plowed into Beijing's Tiananmen Gate in 2013, killing five people.