Buddhist Monk Dies After Immolation

A Buddhist monk died after setting himself on fire on Monday in a Tibetan area of Sichuan province, announced the Xinhua News Agency. This is the second immolation of Buddhist monk this year in this region.

The monk, aged 29, set fire to his clothes and died of his injuries, according to Chinese news agency, citing the authorities of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

A receptionist at a hotel near the scene confirmed the information. The monk died right in front of the building of the County authorities. Before setting himself on fire, he drank gasoline and distributed leaflets.

The monk, identified as Tsewang Norbu (次旺罗布), was from the monastery of Nyitso (灵雀寺) in Garzê Prefecture (甘孜藏族自治州).

Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is close to Aba (阿坝), where a young monk from Kirti Monastery (格尔登寺) set himself on fire in March to mark the anniversary of the 2008 riots in Lhasa, capital of Tibet.