Cui Jia

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Me­turdi Iminiaz, from the city of Hotan in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion, sim­ply couldn’t shake the im­age of a mem­ber of an over­seas ter­ror­ist cell forc­ing as­mall­boyto fireapis­tol. “Ican’t be­lieve any­one would put their chil­dren through such a thing. Those chil­dren will be scared for life,” the mother of two said.

She had just watched video clips filmed by Xin­jiang na­tives who had smug­gled them­selves and even their fam­i­lies across the bor­der to join in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist groups and carry out a “holy war”.

The clips were shown in a doc­u­men­tary that re­cently aired on Xin­jiang TV and in­cluded rare footage of chil­dren be­ing groomed to be­come killing ma­chines. The pro­gram also con­tained in­ter­views with sus­pected ter­ror­ists from Xin­jiang who had been de­tained over­seas and then de­ported back to China.

The 6-year-old boy in the video even­tu­ally pulled the trig­ger with the as­sis­tance of his fa­ther Azat Roza­hong. The clips, filmed at a ter­ror­ist train­ing camp near China’s bor­der with Afghanistan and Pak­istan, showed the bullet hit­ting a tree. The footage was filmed by the boy’s mother.

“I didn’t feel a thing at the time. When I look back now, it’s painful to see my chil­dren suf­fer­ing,” Azat Roza­hong said in the doc­u­men­tary. He and his wife are now be­ing held at a de­ten­tion cen­ter in Xin­jiang.

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