China Says Arrests 16 for Bombings in Tibet

The Chinese government has announced that 16 people, mostly monks, have been arrested in Tibet in relation to the unrest there in March. From Reuters:

Xinhua news agency did not say if there were any casualties from the blasts in Mangkam county in Tibet’s Changdu prefecture between April 5 and 15.

Nor did it give a reason for the delay in the announcement, which came after rioting broke out in Tibet’s capital Lhasa on March 14 and spilled over into nearby Chinese provinces populated by Tibetans.

The arrests “forcefully undermined Tibetan independence elements‘ arrogance and effectively maintained social stability in the area”, Xinhua said.

The report could not be independently corroborated. Foreign reporters are barred from traveling to Tibet without permission.

Read also a report from the Shanghai Daily.

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