Tibetan nun said to immolate herself in anti-China protest

February 12, 2012 09:12

BEIJING - An 18-year-old nun at a Tibetan Buddhist convent set herself on fire in southwest China to protest Chinese rule over Tibet, exiles and monitoring sources said on Sunday.

Tenzin Choedron, a nun at the Mamae convent in Sichuan province, survived the initial immolation on Saturday evening and was taken away by Chinese police and troops, said Kanyag Tsering, a monk at Kirti Monastery in the capital of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India.

"Soldiers surrounded the nunnery and sealed it off, and nothing more is known of the situation inside," Kanyag said from Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Stephanie Brigden, director of the group Free Tibet, also reported the case.

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