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Report Says Three Tibetans Self-Immolate

Three more people have set themselves on fire in China to protest Beijing's policies toward Tibet, the latest in a series of self-immolations over the past year.

U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia, citing three sources, one of whom is in exile, said the three set themselves on fire on February 3 in Seda county in Sichuan Province.

It says one person died and the others are in serious condition.

However, a local government official told The Associated Press no such incident had occurred.

If confirmed, the incidents would bring to at least 19 the number of monks, nuns, and lay Tibetans who have set themselves on fire calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

With agency reports

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