ISIS executes three of its Chinese militants: China paper

February 6, 2015 1:59 pm
, which has seized
parts of northern and eastern as well as northern and western
, has killed hundreds off the battlefield since the end of June,
when it declared a caliphate.

Chinese officials blame
separatists from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for carrying
out attacks in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people. But they are
vague about how many people from are fighting in the Middle East.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei did not comment on the report at a
regular press briefing, but said China was opposed to “all forms of
terrorism”.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position with their weapons at the
frontline against ISIS, on the outskirts of Mosul. (File photo: Reuters)

The (ISIS) group has killed three
Chinese militants who joined its ranks and later attempted to flee, a
Chinese state-run newspaper said, the latest account of fighters from
China embroiled in the Middle East conflict.

China has
expressed concern about the rise of ISIS, nervous about the effect it
could have on its Xinjiang region, which borders Pakistan and
Afghanistan.

But Beijing has also shown no sign of wanting to
take part in the U.S.-led coalition’s efforts to use military force
against the militant group.

Around 300 Chinese extremists were
fighting with ISIS after travelling to Turkey, the Global Times, a
tabloid run by China’s ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper, said
in December.

The paper on Thursday cited an unnamed Kurdish
security official as saying that a Chinese man was “arrested, tried and
shot dead” in Syria in late September by ISIS after he became
disillusioned with jihad and attempted to return to Turkey to attend
university.

“Another two Chinese militants were beheaded in
late December in Iraq, along with 11 others from six countries. ISIS
charged them with treason and accused them of trying to escape,” the
official said, according to the paper.

ISIS, which has seized
parts of northern and eastern Syria as well as northern and western
Iraq, has killed hundreds off the battlefield since the end of June,
when it declared a caliphate.

Chinese officials blame
separatists from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for carrying
out attacks in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people. But they are
vague about how many people from China are fighting in the Middle East.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei did not comment on the report at a
regular press briefing, but said China was opposed to “all forms of
terrorism”.

“China is willing to work with the international
community to combat terrorist forces, including ETIM, and safeguard
global peace, security and stability,” Hong said.

Human
rights advocates say economic marginalization of Uighurs and curbs on
their culture and religion are the main causes of ethnic violence in
Xinjiang and around China that has killed hundreds of people in recent
years. China denies these assertions.

China has criticized the
Turkish government for offering shelter to Uighur refugees who have fled
through southeast Asia, saying it creates a global security risk.

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