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Second soldier attacked in southwest China: group

March 29, 2009

March 27, 2009

BEIJING - A Chinese soldier was stabbed and
wounded by an unidentified assailant, a rights
groups said on Friday, days after a soldier was
shot dead in a nearby city, attacks likely to worry stability-obsessed Beijing.

The attack on the soldier, very rare in itself in
China, happened in the southwest province of
Sichuan, which neighbors Tibet, a mountain region
which this month passed the first anniversary of
deadly riots against Chinese rule.

The soldier was stabbed while on guard outside an
army camp in Leshan on Thursday, the Hong Kong
Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy said in a fax.

Telephone calls to the local government and police went unanswered.

A soldier on guard duty was shot dead and had his
gun stolen outside a barracks last week in
Chongqing, formerly part of Sichuan and the biggest city in southwestern China.

The killer escaped despite a manhunt involving more than 2,000 police.

Rioting broke out in Lhasa on March 14 last year,
following several days of peaceful protests by
monks, killing 19 people and sparking waves of
protests across Tibetan areas. Exile groups say
more than 200 people died in the crackdown.

March also marks the 50th anniversary of the
self-exile of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual
leader whom Beijing brands a separatist, after a
failed uprising against Chinese rule.

(Reporting by Yu Le; Editing by Nick Macfie and Valerie Lee)

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