Xin­jiang res­i­dents join Is­lamic State rad­i­cals

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A top of­fi­cial from the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion con­firmed for the first time that Xin­jiang res­i­dents have joined the rad­i­cal group Is­lamic State.

"Some Xin­jiang res­i­dents have crossed the bor­der il­le­gally to join IS," said Zhang Chunx­ian, the re­gion's top leader.

"We re­cently broke up a ter­ror­ist cell run by those who re­turned from fight­ing with the group," Zhang said at a news con­fer­ence on Tues­day on the side­lines of the an­nual Na­tional Peo­ple's Congress ses­sion.

Xin­jiang has been hit by re­li­gious ex­trem­ism, lead­ing to an in­creas­ing num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the re­gion.

Adudul­rekep Tum­niaz, pres­i­dent of the Xin­jiang Is­lamic In­sti­tute, said the re­gion has more than 12 mil­lion Mus­lims, mak­ing up 52 per­cent of China's Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion.

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