BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials say members of the country’s Muslim Uighur ethnic minority have gone overseas to fight with the Islamic State group and returned to take part in plots at home.
They said Tuesday that authorities in the far-western region of Xinjiang, which has seen repeated violence, would strengthen their crackdown on terrorism and extremism as a result.
The Communist Party secretary of Xinjiang, Zhang Chunxian, said authorities discovered that some who have fought abroad have returned to Xinjiang to participate in terrorist plots. He gave no details.
Beijing has previously blamed Xinjiang violence on Islamic militants with foreign connections, but has offered little evidence and ignored calls for independent investigations. Uighur groups say police have used indiscriminate deadly force against people protesting the government’s policies in the region.