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Birds of a feather, flock together.

Five Chinese Muslim men have been released from the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay and flown to Albania for resettlement, the US says.

US officials had concluded the ethnic Uighers represented no danger but did not want to return them to China for fear they would face persecution.

Uighurs are seeking a homeland in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

The US state department called Albania's offer to resettle the men, "an important humanitarian gesture".

Two of the men, Abu Bakker Qassim and A'del Abdu al-Hakim, had taken their bid for freedom all the way to the US Supreme Court.

"It's all been very sudden and unexpected, but we understand that all five men are healthy and happy to be free, if a little bewildered by events," Nury Turkel, the association's president, said.