Report: Govt. building in Tibet hit by blast

October 28, 2011 05:02


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BEIJING - A Chinese government building in a remote part of tense Tibet was hit by an explosion, leaving no injuries but adding to tensions after a string of self-immolation protests, an overseas radio service said late on Thursday.

Radio Free Asia, based in Washington, said a bomb blast struck a township government building on Wednesday in Changdu, Tibet.

"In the early dawn hours of October 26, there was an explosion in a local government building," the radio service said on its website, citing an unnamed member of the Tibetan exile parliament, which is based in India. It said he spoke on condition of anonymity.

"No casualties were reported," he said, according to the report. "This could be because no one stays in the building overnight. Walls of the building had also been painted with slogans in red calling for independence for Tibet, and leaflets had been scattered in the area." The area was now under heavy security it said.

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