Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Extremists from China have joined ISIS

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.
In 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".
"We 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.
China 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.