IS video vows to 'shed blood like rivers' in China

Uighur fighter issued threat against China just before executing alleged informant


Afp March 01, 2017
Unrest continues in the Uighur homeland of Xinjiang province despite tight security. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING: Islamic State (IS) militants from China's Uighur ethnic minority vowed to return home and 'shed blood like rivers', according to a militant-tracking firm.

It is the first threat made by the terrorist group to Chinese targets.

The threat came in a half-hour video released Monday by a division of the IS featuring militants from China's Uighur ethnic group, said the US-based SITE Intelligence Group.

Alliance of convenience among terror outfits in Pakistan matter of concern for US: Gen Nicholson

China has for years blamed exiled Uighur 'separatists' for a series of violent attacks in its western Xinjiang region -- the Uighur homeland -- and warned of the potential for militants to link up with global jihadist groups.

In the video, a Uighur fighter issued the threat against China just before executing an alleged informant.

"Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say! We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed," according to SITE's translation.

Many Uighurs complain of cultural and religious repression and discrimination by China.

COMMENTS (4)

David | 4 years ago | Reply That "river of blood" could be ISIS their own blood if they attack China.
R S Chakravarti | 4 years ago | Reply China killed off secular Uighur activists. Now they have to face IS. Serves them right.
VIEW MORE COMMENTS
Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read