Two Tibetans injured in self-immolation

Xinhua, October 8, 2011

Two Tibetans were slightly injured after a self-immolation attempt in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan province on Friday, local authorities said.

The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. in the county of Aba, when two men, 18-year-old Thongan and 20-year-old Tenzin, set themselves on fire. The two were both former monks at the Kirti Monastery, and were dressed in civilian clothes when they made the move, said a spokesman with the county government.

They were rescued immediately and receiving treatment at a local hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening, said the spokesman.

Police are investigating their motives of self-immolation.