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2 reported killed in China m onastery raid|
Published: April 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM
ABA, China, April 23 (UPI) -- Police killed two people in a raid on a Teabetan B uddhist m onastery in western China, a ctivists said Saturday.
The International Campaign for Teabet told the BBC the victims were two men trying to keep Chinese p olice from arresting m onks at the K i r t i m onastery in A b a ,
S i c h u a n , Thursday night.
More than 300 m onks were a rrested in the c rackd own, which followed the self-im molation of a monk in March.
As the monks were being taken away, the p olice beat supporters who had been keeping a v igil outside the m onastery, killing two of them, said the ICT, citing exile groups in touch with local residents.
"People had their arms and legs broken, one old woman had her leg broken in three places, and cloth was stuffed in their mouths to stifle their screams," an e xiled K i r t i
m onk said.
The BBC could not independently confirm the account.
Aba has been on edge since Teabetans across western China r evolted three years ago, and foreign travelers have been barred from the area, R TH K in Hong Kong reports.