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2nd Tibetan immolated in China in last 24 hours

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Beijing, Mar 25 (EFE).- The immolation of a Tibetan man in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu raises to two the number of incidents of this kind in the last 24 hours.

Lhamo Kyab, 43, set fire to himself Monday around 10:00 a.m. in the Tsoe region of Gansu, which borders Tibet, the exile news agency Phayul said.

Kal Kyi, a 30-year-old mother of four, died Sunday after burning herself in another part of Gansu, Phayul and Radio Free Asia said.

The woman decided to immolate herself in the manner of Buddhist monks to denounce the "violent policy that China imposes on Tibet and on areas with Tibetan populations," according to RFA, citing statements of someone close to Kal.

Just one week ago, Kunchok Wangmo, 31, died after setting himself on fire as a plea for the return of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Three days before Kunchok, it was Tibetan monk Lobsang Thokmey, 28, who burned himself at Kirti Monastery in Aba to mark the fifth anniversary of the worst disturbances in Tibet for decades.

The latest incident brings to 111 the number of cases of this kind since 2009, of which at least 91 have ended in death.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama and Tibetan exile groups of inciting these immolations, even though the spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner has asked for an end to these suicide protests.

China says that Tibet has been an inseparable part of its territory for centuries, while Tibetans maintain that the region was virtually independent for ages until it was occupied by Communist troops in 1951.

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