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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tibetan woman dies after setting herself on fire

Herder was the fourth person to self-immolate in remote town, as hundreds are detained following Lhasa protests.

A young woman has died after setting fire to herself in the latest of a wave of Tibetan self-immolations in western China, according to reports.

The news came as US broadcaster Radio Free Asia reported that hundreds had been detained following a similar incident in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, on Sunday.

Free Tibet said Rechok, in her mid thirties, was a herder and a mother of three children who travelled to the town of Zhongrangtang, known in Tibetan as Barma, to set fire to herself in front of the monastery. She died at the scene, said the campaign group.

It said she was the fourth person to self-immolate in the remote town in Aba county, also known as Ngaba, in Sichuan.

Radio Free Asia named the woman as Rikyo, aged 33.

It was not possible to verify the reports independently. Read More