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Chinese media confirm self-immolation, but says woman suffered head injury first
BEIJING (AP) ' China's state news agency has confirmed that a 20-year-old Tibetan woman died after setting herself on fire but says it may have been a result of depression caused by a head injury.
The official Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday quoted local officials in Gansu province as saying Tsering Kyi had been hospitalized after hitting her head on a radiator and suffered fainting spells prior to setting herself on fire. Activist groups had earlier reported that she died on Saturday.
Tibetan areas in China are on edge and under heavy security. More than two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire in China over the last year to protest what they say is China's suppression of their religion and culture, and to demand the return of the exiled Dalai Lama.