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Nun dies in China after setting self alight

2011-11-03 16:24

Beijing - Chinese state media say a Buddhist nun has died after setting herself on fire in the 11th case of self-immolation among Tibetans in western China in recent months.

The official Xinhua News Agency says it was unclear why the woman, aged about 35 and identified as Qiu Xiang, killed herself on Thursday along a road in Sichuan province's Garze prefecture.

But the nine other men and two women who have set themselves on fire since March were seen as having acted in protest to Chinese restrictions on the Tibetan religion and culture.

Xinhua says the local government is investigating the latest case. Phone calls to Garze authorities rang unanswered on Thursday evening.