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Tibetan nun dies of burns as china cracks down

world Updated: Feb 13, 2012 23:48 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

A teenaged Tibetan nun who set herself afire on Saturday in the Sichuan province of southwest China has died, government confirmed on Monday.

Tenzin Choedrin, 19, a nun in the Aba prefecture in Sichuan died on her way to the hospital, government news agency, Xinhua, reported on Monday. Choedrin was staying in the Siwa nunnery located in an area bordering the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).

“A Tibetan nun in Sichuan Province died on the way to hospital after setting herself on fire, local officials confirmed Monday... She was taken by rescuers to hospital after she set herself alight Saturday evening,” Xinhua said.

More than 20 Tibetans have self-immolated themselves since 2011. Both Tibetan protesters and policemen have been killed in region this year.

The situation in both regions is becoming more tensed as the fourth anniversary of the deadly riots of 2008 approaches.

Reports claimed that phone and internet connections have been cut off from many areas of the two regions. Information coming out of TAR and parts of Sichuan is impossible to independently verify as the government restricts travel especially for media.

What is however is confirmed is that the authorities are bracing themselves up for more protests as the Tibetan new year draws near on February 22.

A top Chinese Communist Party official warned that government officials who fail to maintain stability in the TAR will be removed from their posts and punished.