The Chinese embassy in Algiers issued a warning to the 50,000 Chinese, who live and work in Algeria to be on alert and to take safety precautions, in response to a report that the al-Qaeda terrorist organization may target the area, reported BBC.
An al-Qaeda-linked group said that it would avenge the deaths of Muslim Uighurs that occurred during the riots in China’s Xinjiang province, reported Bloomberg.
Bloomberg reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu that China would stop the riots and unrest in accordance with the “law and safeguard people’s lives and property.”
Al-Qaeda, which was founded in the mid-1990s, wants to impose an Islamic state in Algeria, reported Bloomberg.
The Stirling Assynt risk analysis company said, “This threat should be taken seriously,” reported Bloomberg.
The Washington Post reported that “Both Han Chinese, who make up more than 90 percent of the country’s population and dominate China’s politics and economy, and Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking minority living primarily in China’s far west, say anger has been simmering for decades.”
Chinese officials have been moving Uighur workers to factories outside the Xinjiang province and has been placing Han-run factories in Xinjiang in an attempt to elevate the economic status of Uighurs, reported the Washington Post.
The Washington Post also reported that “Uighurs say that their language is being phased out of schools, that in some circumstances they cannot sport beards, wear head scarves or fast as dictated by Islamic tradition, and that they are discriminated against for private and government jobs.”
Demonstrations across the country have escalated and the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Chinese of “genocide,” reported the BBC