China says repatriated Uighurs ‘were on way to jihad’

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BEIJING: China’s security ministry said Saturday that 109 Uighurs repatriated by Thailand had been on their way to Turkey, Syria or Iraq “to join jihad,” state media reported. Beijing also criticized the US State Department over its condemnation of Thailand’s deportation of the Uighurs to China where it said, “they could face harsh treatment.” The deportations triggered condemnation from rights groups and fresh protests in Turkey over China’s treatment of the Turkic-speaking, largely Muslim Uighurs in the northwestern Xinjiang region. China’s ministry of public security said Saturday 13 of the 109 repatriated had fled China after being implicated in “terrorist activities,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.

AFP

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