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Tibetan Man Self-Immolates in Bora

Kunchok Kyab, 23, self-immolated near the Bora Monastery

A 23-year-old Tibetan farmer set himself on fire, making him the 99th Tibetan to self-immolate since 2009.

Kunchok Kyab set himself ablaze today around noon in Bora region of Labrang in eastern Tibet. He is reported to have succumbed to his injuries according to exile sources with contacts in the area.

Chinese security officials are reported to have taken custody of the body.

He is survived by his wife Rinchen Tso and a 10-month-old infant. Kunchok Kyab is the fourth Tibetan to self-immolate from Bora since 2012.

Today’s immolation is the third such protest this year. More than 98 Tibetans have burned themselves since 2008 to call for return of the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.

Chinese government has stepped up efforts to cut off the flow of information about the situation in Tibet's autonomous region.

Beijing earlier this month accused an exiled Tibetan monk named Choe Gyatso in south India of incitement as a member of the Tibet Youth Congress, which the Chinese government has designated as a terrorist group. Choe Gyatso had previously distributed information about other self-immolations inside Tibet.