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China says arrests 16 for bombings in Tibet

June 7, 2008

Reuters
June 5, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese authorities arrested 16 people, most of
them Tibetan Buddhist monks, last month for carrying out three
bombings in the restive Himalayan region, the online edition of
Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

It did not give a reason for the delay in the announcement, which
came after monk-led protests that turned violent in Tibet in March
and spilled over into nearby Chinese provinces populated by Tibetans.

Xinhua did not say if there were any casualties from the blasts.

The report could not be independently corroborated. Foreign reporters
need government permission to travel to Tibet.

The suspects admitted carrying out the bombings in Changdu prefecture
in April, Xinhua said, adding that the arrests "forcefully undermined
Tibetan independence elements' arrogance and effectively maintained
social stability in the area", Xinhua said.

Changdu, known in Tibetan as Chamdo, is the birthplace of Tibet's
governor, Qiangba Puncog, who has been on the frontline of China's
struggle against the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile in India.

China has accused followers of the Dalai Lama, the most senior figure
in Tibetan Buddhism, of instigating the rioting -- the worst since
1989. The Dalai Lama denies the charge.

China says about 20 civilians were killed by mobs. The
government-in-exile says more than 100 protesters were killed by
Chinese troops. Hundreds of rioters have been arrested.

The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive
uprising against Communist rule.

(Reporting by Guo Shipeng and Benjamin Kang Lim)
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