Islamic terrorists threaten Olympics in video, says US monitoring group(Read article summary)
The terrorist group, believed to be Uighurs, warns Muslims to avoid public transport with ethnic Chinese.
A US monitoring organization says a new video by Uighur extremists in western China threatens credible terrorist attacks on the Olympic Games, set to start Friday in Beijing. The warning comes just days after a deadly attack, believed to have been launched by Uighur terrorists, that left 16 Chinese police dead.
The New York Times reports that the IntelCenter, a US group monitoring terrorist posts online, said the video, released by a group calling itself the "Turkistan Islamic Party" (TIP), opens with a shot of a burning Olympics logo and an explosion superimposed over an Olympic site.
According to IntelCenter's description, a man holding an assault rifle, who identifies himself as Abdullah Mansour, says in the Uighur language: "We, members of the Turkestan Islamic Party, have declared war against China. We oppose China's occupation of our homeland of East Turkestan, which is a part of the Islamic world."
He warns Muslims not to go to the Games and not to let their children go. "We do not want to see any Muslim brothers and sisters who believe in Allah and his Holy Prophet Muhammad, who believe in the next life and the day of judgment, get hurt by our fire targeted at China," he says.
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