Some Muslim extremists from China’s Xinjiang region could be participating in the Iraq violence, according to Wu Sike, China’s special envoy for the Middle East.
Reuters quoted Wu as saying Monday that extremists had gone to the Middle East for training and that some of them may have crossed over into Iraq, where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had seized control of some territory.
China is extremely worried about the role of extremist groups in the fighting in Syria and Iraq, he said.
“Several hot spot issues in the Middle East have provided living space for terrorist groups, in particular the crisis in Syria has turned this country into a training ground for extremists from many countries,” Wu said.
“These extremists come from Islamic countries, Europe, North America and China. After being immersed in extremist ideas, when they return home they will pose a severe challenge and security risk to those countries,” he added.
Wu would not put a number on how many Chinese citizens may be in the Middle East either fighting or being trained, but said he understands from foreign media reports that the figure could be about 100, the report said.
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