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Tibetan nun burns herself to death in China

A second Tibetan Buddhist nun has died after setting fire to herself in China.

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A Tibetan Buddhist nun looks through a line of prayer flags at the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu on October 5, 2009. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

A second Tibetan Buddhist nun has died after setting fire to herself in China.

Qiu Xiang is the 11th Tibetan to set herself on fire in protest at Chinese rule since March.

The 35-year-old doused herself in petrol and set herself alight at a road crossing in Sichuan province, in south-western China, the news agency, Xinhua reported.

It is understood the woman was from Dawu county, in the Ganzi area of Sichuan.

Read more on GlobalPost: Tibet: What does a trend of self-immolation tell us?

The International Campaign for Tibet said the nun had called for religious freedom and the return of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as she set herself on fire.

Qiu Xiang is the second Tibetan nun to set herself on fire this year, the BBC reported.

The network said most of the self-immolations have been by monks in Sichuan's Aba prefecture around the Kirti monastery.

That death sparked months of protests by monks and nuns and triggered a major Chinese crackdown on area monasteries that included the arrests and disappearances of hundreds of monks.

The head of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, on Wednesday urged the US to press China for access to Aba prefecture to investigate a crackdown by authorities on monasteries, Voice of America reported.

Hundreds of monks were either arrested or disappeared.