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Rights Group Says Two Dead in Tibetan Monastery Crackdown


A U.S.-based rights group says two Tibetans have died in a security crackdown on a Buddhist monastery on southwest China.

The International Campaign for Tibet reported Friday that paramilitary police raided the Kirti Monastery in Sichuan province Thursday night and took 300 monks to an undisclosed location.

The group said police beat to death two Tibetan villagers in their 60s who tried to protect the monks.

Exiled Tibetan groups say Chinese security forces have sealed off the monastery and ordered a re-education program there, after a young monk set himself on fire and died in an anti-government protest last month.