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First Tibetan self-immolates in China this year: Reports

Published on Jan 13, 2013 11:41 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire in protest at China's rule of the Himalayan region, a rights group and overseas media said, the first self-immolation this year.

The man burned himself to death at about 1pm (0500 GMT) on Saturday, London-based Free Tibet and US-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) said, in what is thought to be the first self-immolation since Dec 9.

The immolation happened in Xiahe, a county in western China's Gansu province known as Sangchu in Tibetan.

The body of the man, who was identified with the single name Tsebe or Tseba, was carried back to his home village about 4 kilometres away following a protest, Free Tibet said.

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