Chinese Muslim Militants Join with Indonesian Jihadists

(Reuters) Randy Fabi and Agustinus Beo Da Costa - Chinese Uighur militants are seeking to join Islamist jihadists in Indonesia, that country's counter-terrorism chief, Saud Usman Nasution, said following the arrest of 13 men in Java, including a Muslim Uighur with a suicide-bomb vest. The appearance among Indonesian militant networks of Uighurs from the Xinjiang region of China is likely to add to Beijing's concerns that exiles will return home as experienced, trained jihadists. Nasution said Tuesday that several Uighurs had responded to a call last year by Santoso, Indonesia's most high-profile backer of Islamic State, to join his band of fighters in a jungle in eastern Indonesia.

2016-01-06 00:00:00

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