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Urumqi toll rises to 192; China warns citizens in Algeria

world Updated: Jul 15, 2009 22:22 IST

China on Wednesday warned its citizens in Algeria to be on alert after al Qaeda threatened to attack its nationals oversees to avenge Beijing's clampdown in Urumqi where the death toll in the recent communal violence has risen to 192.

China issued the warning to its citizens in Algiers in a statement published on the website of its embassy there, a day after al Qaeda warned of retribution through its Algeria-based offshoot Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

"The Chinese Embassy in Algeria is specially calling on Chinese-funded organisations and personnel to raise their security awareness and strengthen security measures," it said.

It asked its citizens to report any "emergency matter" to the embassy immediately and strengthen security measures "in view of the situation following the violent criminal incident in Urumqi on July 5".

Meanwhile eight more persons were declared dead in Urumqi, ten days after China's worst communal violence.

"The death toll of the July 5 riot in the capital city of Xinjiang rose to 192," a local official was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

However, no fresh breakdown of the people killed in the violence was given with the new toll.

The government, had earlier put the toll at 184, saying that 137 of the victims were Han Chinese while 46 were from the minority Ugygur Muslim community. One victim was from the Hui community.