Web Preaches Jihad to China's Muslim Uighurs

(Wall Street Journal) Jeremy Page and Ned Levin - A video posted online last month looks much like ones from Middle East jihadist groups, but it is an appeal to China's 10 million Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group from the northwestern region of Xinjiang, some of whom have resisted Chinese rule for decades. The video was posted after a knife-and-bomb attack at a train station in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital. In the video, a speaker of Uighur congratulates the train-station bombers, declaring: "In this blessed jihadist act, many Chinese migrant aggressors were killed and wounded. As for those remaining, it put terror into their hearts." "The Web changed how we see things," says a young Uighur in Urumqi. "We know there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and we are among them."

2014-06-27 00:00:00

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