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Tibetan monk admits spreading shooting rumors
Updated: 2009-03-05 22:39

ABA, Sichuan -- A Tibetan monk has confessed that he made up and spread rumors that police had shot a young Tibetan who set himself on fire last Friday in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local police said Thursday.

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Jangkor, a monk at the Kirti Monastery in the Aba County of the Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, acknowledged that he lied to "create greater disturbances so as to attract attention from overseas."

The lama who set himself alight Friday is Tashi (also called Tapey), 24, a Buddhist student at the Kirti Monastery. He is being treated at the West China Hospital under the Sichuan University in the provincial capital of Chengdu, one of the best hospitals in Sichuan.