Beijing - Activists say Chinese students from the Uighur ethnic minority have been detained in Egypt in a broad police sweep.
Abduweli Ayup, a Uighur activist in Turkey, said on Thursday Egyptian police have detained scores of Uighur students, including 20 at Cairo's Al-Azhar University who were told they would be deported.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson appeared to acknowledge on Thursday that Chinese citizens had been detained in Egypt, saying at a regular briefing that consular officials would visit them. He gave no further details.
Abdullah, an Asian student of Islam at Al-Azhar university, said Uighurs were being detained in the Hay el Sabia area of Cairo's Nasr City district. He gave only his first name for fear of reprisals.