|Girish Shetti |||Mar 01, 2017 05:47 PM EST|
(Photo : Getty Images. ) The chilling footage also showed fighters, including children clad with heavy arms, giving fiery speeches and mercilessly killing other "informants."
China has possibly received the first direct threat from the ISIS terrorists in what could mark a watershed moment in country's ongoing war against terrorism. ISIS delivered the threat through a half-hour video that was reportedly made by its Uighur Muslim fighters, who hail from China's insurgency prone region of Xinjiang.
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In the video footage, a Uighur fighter is seen delivering a dire warning to China before brutally 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 avenge the oppressed," THE Uighur fighter said, according to SITE's translation.
The chilling footage also showed fighters, including children clad with heavy arms, giving fiery speeches and mercilessly killing other "informants."
Last year, a prominent U.S think tank claimed that more than 100 Uighur Muslims from China's Xinjiang province might have joined the ISIS to receive formal training in terrorist activities. Several reports by Chinese media also took note of the worrying link between the ISIS and Uighur insurgents.
China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that he has not seen the ISIS video, but claimed that "East Turkestan terrorist forces have been posing a severe threat to China's security."
For decades, China has been fighting a low-intensity war against the Uighur insurgents, who want sovereignty over the Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province. As a part of the war, the Chinese government has forged an anti-terror alliance with several key countries in the region, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.
Meanwhile, ISIS's chilling video surfaced barely hours after China conducted yet another massive anti-terror rally in the capital city of Urumqi and other sensitive towns of Xinjiang province. Nearly 10,000 Chinese troops participated in this latest anti-terror rally accompanied by several armored vehicles, military tanks, and helicopters.
This is a second big anti-terror rally in Xinjiang in less than a month, signifying the Chinese government's serious intent against the insurgent groups following the recent surge in violence in recent months.
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