Xinhua death toll contradicts exiles' claim that 80 Tibetans died in city Nineteen people, including a policeman, have been killed in rioting in Lhasa since March 14, Xinhua reported yesterday as the authorities called for vigilance to prevent unrest spreading to Xinjiang . It said 382 people were wounded, including 58 who suffered serious injuries. Rioters had set fire to 908 shops, 84 vehicles, seven schools and 120 homes. The Xinhua report referred to five new casualties who were burned to death in a motorcycle garage in Lhasa's Dazi county last Sunday. It said they included a couple from Henan province and a girl less than one year old. 'Police found the garage's folding door had been damaged by rioters, and one of the valves of two gas cylinders inside had been opened,' Xinhua reported. The official death toll announced by Beijing is significantly different from that claimed by overseas Tibetan groups. According to the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile, 99 Tibetans have been killed - 80 in Lhasa and 19 in neighbouring Gansu province . Late on Thursday, Xinhua reported that police in Sichuan had fired shots in 'self-defence', killing four people, but it later issued a correction saying the four were only wounded. The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, has called for a meeting with mainland leaders to discuss the latest crisis - an appeal already rejected by Beijing, which says the Dalai Lama is responsible for fomenting the unrest and continues to push for Tibetan independence. Yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang indirectly criticised US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who on Friday called on world leaders to denounce Beijing over the crackdown. Xinhua quoted Mr Qin as saying that more than 100 countries had backed Beijing's actions, calling it 'clear proof that the international community is on the side of China'. On Friday, Mrs Pelosi said in Dharamsala, India, where the Dalai Lama's government in exile is based, that 'if freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China's oppression in China and Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world'. In a direct reference to Mrs Pelosi's call, Mr Qin said: 'It won't establish any moral authority at all.' The Xinhua report updated the death toll in Lhasa but did not touch on the situation in Sichuan, where riots have also broken out. According to earlier Xinhua reports, unrest has spread to Aba county, Sichuan, where rioters tried to seize ammunition when they stormed a police station. Quoting two Aba residents, Reuters reported that several had died when the protesters attacked a police station and government offices, burned cars and attacked officials. 'Everyone here believes that our people died, maybe 10 or more,' said one ethnic Tibetan resident. 'I'm not a supporter of violence and I oppose attacking people just because they're Han,' he said, referring to the country's majority Han Chinese population. 'But I believe Tibetans also died. They are not telling facts.' In a hint that the government was worried that unrest in Tibetan-populated areas would spread farther, official media in the restive Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region called yesterday for increased vigilance against violence. 'No matter whether it's Tibetan independence, Xinjiang independence or Taiwanese independence, their goal is all the same - to create chaos and split the motherland,' said a commentary on the official Xinjiang news website. 'The holding of the Olympic Games in 2008 has led separatists at home and abroad to believe they have a golden opportunity. To put it bluntly, if they don't wreck things, they won't feel comfortable, because they won't have achieved their goal of spoiling China's image.'