March 16, 2007

Terror Camp in China Had Links to Al-Qaeda

I used to categorize posts about China as Off-topic. Now I'll be filing them under al-Qaeda. From Terror Camp in China Had Links to Al-Qaeda:

Shi Dagang, a lawmaker from China's Xinjiang region, confirmed Friday that 18 people from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), who were killed in a raid on a terror camp in January, had links to al-Qaeda and the Taliban. "The terrorists were trained by the Taliban in Afghanistan and sent to China by them," Shi said. "They had close connections to al-Qaeda." Militants among the region's dominant ethnic Uighurs are leading a violent Islamic separatist movement in Xinjiang. The Uighurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims with a language and culture distinct from the majority of Chinese.