An Uygur man who claimed to have been forced to inform on fellow Uygurs to Chinese authorities has been hospitalised in a serious condition after being shot in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.
Yusufujrang Aimaitijiang had gone outside to get cigarettes when he was shot twice on Monday evening, the private news agency DHA reported.
Aimaitijiang suffered injuries to his shoulder and arm while the gunman escaped, the DHA report said.
Members of Turkey’s Uygur community said Aimaitijiang was also known as Yusupjan Emet and Yusuf Amat.
Using the name Amat, he told Qatari news service Al Jazeera in February 2019 that he was forced to inform on fellow Uygurs by China.
“My role was to feed information to officials. I reported on everything people did – what they ate, drank, what they did in private in their homes, whether it was friends or relatives, I shared it all,” Amat said.