From his Pakistan hideout, Uighur leader vows revenge on China
Published on Mar 14, 2014 7:53 PM
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Entrenched in secret mountain bases on Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, Uighur fighters are gearing up for retribution against China to avenge the deaths of comrades in Beijing's crackdown on a separatist movement, their leader told Reuters.
In a rare but brief interview, Abdullah Mansour, leader of the rebel Turkestan Islamic Party, said it was his holy duty to fight the Chinese. "The fight against China is our Islamic responsibility and we have to fulfil it," he said from an undisclosed location.
"China is not only our enemy, but it is the enemy of all Muslims... We have plans for many attacks in China," he said, speaking in the Uighur language through an interpreter. "We have a message to China that East Turkestan people and other Muslims have woken up. They cannot suppress us and Islam any more. Muslims will take revenge."
Mansour spoke on a crackly line using a mobile phone with an Afghan SIM card in a brief statement that gave Reuters no chance to ask about the Kunming attack.
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