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Tibetan nun dies in self-immolation attempt: Reports

Published on Jun 20, 2013 2:09 PM
 
This photo taken on April 4, 2013, shows Buddhist nun looking out over housing, in Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world, with up to 40,000 monks and nuns in residence for some parts of the year. A Tibetan nun who last week set fire to herself in protest at Chinese rule has died, a US-based broadcaster and rights group said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A Tibetan nun who last week set fire to herself in protest at Chinese rule has died, a US-based broadcaster and rights group said.

The woman set herself ablaze on June 11 near Nyitso monastery, the scene of similar protests, in Daofu country of southwest China's Sichuan province, Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on its website.

Wangchen Dolma, aged 31, died on Friday in hospital and was "secretly cremated", RFA said, citing the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) - the India-based government-in-exile - in confirming the death.

The US-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) rights group said she was "taken away by police" after setting herself ablaze during a "gathering of several thousand monks". The ICT on Thursday confirmed the death.

 
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