A US-funded broadcaster is reporting that two Tibetan brothers on the run since taking part in anti-government protests have been shot dead in China's Sichuan province.
Radio Free Asia reported on Friday that the two were shot and killed after been surrounded in Luhuo county on Thursday. The county was the site of protests on Jan. 23.
Radio Free Asia cited sources in the area and in the Tibetan exile community in India. It identified the two as Yeshe Rigsal, a 40-year-old monk, and his 38-year-old brother, Yeshe Samdrub.
There has been an upsurge in violence in Tibetan areas recently. The Chinese government says it is a result of criminals encouraged by outside forces. Activist Tibetan groups says repressive policies by China are the cause.