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China confirms death of teenage Tibetan nun after self-immolation

Beijing, Tue, 14 Feb 2012 ANI

Beijing, Feb 14 (ANI): The Chinese government has confirmed the death of a 19-year-old Tibetan nun who set herself alight in the latest apparent protest against Beijing's rule.


State-run news agency Xinhua identified the nun in Aba prefecture, Sichuan province as Tenzin Choedron.


According to rights groups, the nun was from the Mamae nunnery, which has a reputation for being loyal to Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.


They said that the nun shouted slogans against the Chinese government before self-immolating on Saturday, The BBC reports.


Xinhua reported that she died on the way to the hospital on Saturday evening.


Most of the cases of monks and nuns setting themselves alight have been in Aba County, an ethnic Tibetan area of Sichuan.


The Tibetan-populated parts of China are experiencing their worst unrest in four years, ahead of the Tibetan New Year on February22.Meanwhile, Chinese authorities have recently launched a major security operation to try and end the unrest. (ANI)


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