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China warns citizens in Algeria of Al Qaeda threat

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China has warned its citizens in Algeria of possible attacks after reports that Al Qaeda has vowed to seek revenge for the deaths of Muslim Uighurs during riots in China's Xinjiang Province earlier this month.

The threat by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the group's branch in North Africa, is the first that the global terror network has made against Chinese interests. Beijing has courted the Islamic world heavily as it seeks superpower status, establishing a network of trade deals and economic investments that may start to look like soft targets.

At least 192 people were killed during race riots between Han Chinese and Uighurs in the city of Urumqi July 5, reports Agence France-Presse. Most of the victims were Han, according to the Chinese authorities.

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