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Up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are now fighting in various militant groups in Syria, the Syrian ambassador to China, Imad Moustapha, said on Monday (according to Reuters).

“Our estimated numbers, because of the numbers we fight against, we kill, we capture, we wound, would be around 4-5,000 Xinjiang jihadists. China as well as every other country should be extremely concerned” said the ambassador”.

According to Imad Moustapha, some of the Uighurs (mainly speaking a Turkish dialect) are operating in Syria as part of Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, IS…). (Excerpts from SouthFront)