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Tibetan man in China sets self on fire: Reports

Published on Apr 16, 2014 11:38 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Tibetan man in China burnt himself to death on Tuesday, overseas media and a rights group reported, the latest in a string of self-immolation protests in recent years.

Mr Thinley Namgyal, 32, died soon after he set himself alight in Kardze prefecture in Sichuan province, according to British-based advocacy group Free Tibet and the United States-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Mr Namgyal, the youngest son of a semi-nomadic farming family, self-immolated "in protest against Chinese policy and rule" in Tibetan areas, RFA reported, citing a local resident.

It added that mobile phone service and other communication lines to Tawu county, where the incident took place, had since been cut off.

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