According to a news report published on Tuesday, Jul 14, the militant group has said that it will target the country's workforce in northwest Africa. And the call for retaliation has reportedly come from the Algerian-based al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
The South China Morning Post's report that quoted the Intelligence report by London-based risk analysis firm Stirling Assynt noted that it was the first time Osama bin Laden's network has threatened China. The report added that even though AQIM was the first to officially state a reprisal against China, other units are bound to follow.
"There is an increasing amount of chatter ... among jihadists who claim they want to see action against China," the report said.
The think tank's evaluation that is based on the reports the agency collected from the people who have seen the AQIM instruction, estimates that thousands of Chinese work in the Middle East and North Africa, including 50,000 in Algeria.
The incident that led to this uproar in the jihadists was the riots which the Chinese authorities claim to have been sparked off by the Muslim Uighurs, while the Muslim Uighurs blame the police for opening fire at peaceful demonstration that led to the riots.