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.