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'About 100 protesters killed in Tibet'

Quoting unconfirmed sources, Tibet's main exile group says Chinese police have killed about 100 Tibetans protesting against the Chinese rule.
AP | By HT Correspondent, Dharamsala
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2008 05:04 PM IST

Chinese police have killed about 100 Tibetan demonstrators and injured many more during protests against Chinese rule, Tibet's main exile group said on Saturday, quoting unconfirmed sources.

The Tibetan government in exile, based in the north Indian town of Dharmsala, offered no details in its statement, and gave no details on its sources.

The report came after protests by Buddhist monks in Tibet turned violent, with shops and vehicles set on fire and gunshots fired on the streets of the region's capital, Lhasa. Earlier reports have given lower death tolls. China's official Xinhua News Agency said 10 people had been killed.

But it is extremely difficult to get independent verification of events in Tibet since China maintains rigid control over the area. Foreigners need special travel permits, and journalists are rarely granted access except under highly controlled circumstances.

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