Another Tibetan Sets Himself On Fire In Protest

By: AP
By: AP

BEIJING (AP) -- A rights group says another Tibetan has set himself on fire while shouting slogans calling for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet.

London-based Free Tibet says 27-year-old Lhamo Kyeb died Saturday near a monastery in northwestern China's Gansu province. It says he set himself on fire and ran toward Bhora monastery in Xiahe county and state security forces ran after him and tried to put out the flames.

The group says nearly 60 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 to protest Chinese rule over the Himalayan region.

Calls to the county government and police rang unanswered Sunday. A man on duty at the prefectural government said he had no information.

China blames Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for inciting the immolations, but he denies the accusation.

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